The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Responsibility... For What

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” - Abraham Lincoln

But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for the members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. - 1 Timothy 5:8

Trumpery: “worthless nonsense” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Responsibility…  It’s found everywhere.  It follows us as we grow and age.  It’s often what keeps us off the streets and in a home.  Its burden becomes greater and greater as we get older.  And it’s hard.  When we were little, our responsibility was pretty much not to kill ourselves, or anyone else.  Then we began to have to do our laundry or clean our room.  Then go to school and learn.  Then get a job to pay for the things we want.  Then keep a job to pay for the things we need.  Eventually one day possibly taking over the responsibility of running a government or a country.  It’s never easy.  It wasn’t easy to abstain from eating the poison berries that look so delicious to our toddler eyes and it won’t be easy to handle the responsibility of others livelihoods in the future.  However, if we’re to accomplish anything, if we’re to do anything, if we’re to simply exist, it is a requirement.  Resisting it only makes succumbing to it harder.  If all the responsibility we take in our lives is to make sure we don’t die, then we will probably barely survive on the streets.  If we don’t want to take on the responsibility of leading at work, we probably will never be promoted to a well paying level.  Responsibility is a requirement, but we also have to accept it for our lives.  And its power lives in its acceptance.  Abraham Lincoln could have survived splitting logs and building fences.  However, I’m not sure our nation would have if he hadn’t sought the responsibility of being our 16th president.  George Washington could have been very prosperous as a surveyor of the colonies.  However, its probable the United States wouldn’t exist if he hadn’t taken on the responsibility of leading the American armies and militias.  And of course, where would we be if Jesus hadn’t left His place as God and taken on the responsibilities of our salvation on the Cross?  Responsibility is what keeps us alive, but just barely.  The power is in the acceptance of more.  And so too with the Cross.  God will give us a life on earth.  But it’s through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior that we are empowered to live an eternity.  Throughout our lives we will be forced to do things to survive.  It’s one of the truths of life.  It takes acceptance to thrive.  Responsibility is not, has not ever been, and will not ever be trumpery.  It is the vehicle by which we thrive.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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