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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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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Speak Life

“Some days, life feels perfect.
Other days it just aint workin.
The good, the bad, the right, the wrong
And everything in between.

Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die

So Speak life, speak life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope, 
You speak love, you speak…
You speak life, You speak life.”

Excerpt from the song Speak Life by Toby Mac

And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said,”Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”  Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.”  And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.”  Matthew 8:2-3

Life:  “the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death”  New Oxford American Dictionary

Listening to the Christian radio station.  Reading the Bible.  Praying.  Those are the easy things about being a Christian.  They’re not always the things we want to do.  In fact they’re not always the things we need to do.  But they’re the boxes easiest to check off in a typical checklist Christian life.  “Act like you’re good.”  Check.  “Don’t swear.”  Check.  “Don’t hang out with the wrong crowd.”  Check!  Fake, fake, fake fake fake.  “Speak life.”  But..?  This is where following Jesus gets real.  Too often we want to follow the Jesus that turned over the merchants tables in the temple.  We want to follow the Jesus that rebukes.  And those things were part of His ministry.  However, they were a small part.  And He was Jesus.  The biggest part of His ministry was the life He spoke.  And we’re not Jesus.  We don’t, have the authority to constantly judge people.  That’s God’s job.  But we do have the call to follow Jesus.  Which He said involved taking up our cross.  Why?  Because it’s not about us, it’s about the Cross.  There’s life in the Cross.  Jesus said, “Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.”  Matthew 16:25  But how often do we think of salvation as an exclusive club.  And how often do we want to keep the riffraff out.  I can only speak for myself, but I find that my mind naturally wants to separate, “ME” from “humanity.”  But I am humanity too.  I’m not perfect.  I have no right.  Think of the worst person you’ve ever known or heard about.  Jesus died for them too.  Think of the best person.  They required Jesus’ death to be saved too.  We’re all in the same sinking boat.  But instead of bailing the water out and trying to plug the hole, we’re busy trying to throw people overboard.  On the sea of Galilee, when the storm threatened the disciples lives.  Jesus slept.  In frustration they called out.  “Lord save us!”  He simply said, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?”  “Then,” the Bible says, “He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.” *  Is work your sinking boat?  Is the club?  Maybe even home?  Certainly there are places, things, and people we need to be separate from, for our own temptations sake.  However, we should never separate ourselves from someone because we condemn them lost.  The world is a storm, but Jesus is able to subdue it.  His words, in every situation speak life.  Let’s pray that He extends that ability to our words.  We’ll never have the power He has, but we can bring His power into any place, through His words and His presence.  Let Him speak life into your life.

*Story from Matthew 8:25-26

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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