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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Monday, November 25, 2013

Thin Ice

“The whole of life you’re on very thin ice.” - Sam Posey

The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.  Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly, the right hand of the LORD exalts, the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”  I shall not died, but I shall live, and recount the deeds of the LORD.  The LORD has disciplined me severely, but He has not given me over to death.  Open to me the gates of righteousness, that I may enter through them and give thanks to the LORD.  This is the gate of the LORD; the righteous shall enter through it.  I thank You that You have answered me and have become my salvation.  The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. - Psalm 118:14-22

Execrate: “feel or express great loathing for: they were exerted as dangerous and corrupt.” - New Oxford American Dictionary

"Like sinners in the hands of an angry God.”  Isn’t that how America’s most famous sermon goes?  The great awakening preacher pulled no punches in his quintessential address that became the hallmark of early American religion as we think of it today.  Our history classes read it as a hellfire speech containing the audacity to describe people as wicked and point out the punishment.  Are we so good that we’re above having our sins pointed out?  Or is it our pride that keeps us from allowing anything but perfection to be considered of us?  This morning I listened to Bill Cosby talk about how his son Ennis was shot and killed while changing a tire on his car along side a California highway.  He began talking about how his wife helped him and his family through the ordeal and I couldn’t help but imagine the scenario playing out between Whitney and I and how crushing it would be.  Thin ice…  Nothing is promised.  Anything can be taken.  Everything is promised.  It can’t be taken.  Life as we know it is very fragile.  None of us can predict our future.  The only thing that saves is our Maker.  He’s our only guarantee.  I won’t speak to hell or the punishment we deserve.  However we know that the wages of sin is death.*  That we all sin.  But that the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.*  I don’t know if I would paint the picture of an angry God like John Edwards.  But I would speak of the same love and grace too often forgotten but also  found in the same famous sermon I described at first.  That while there is so little separating us from tragedy.  God reaches down with His strong arm waiting and willing to save.  Will we let Him?  That decision carries with it the power from God Himself.  

*  Romans 6:23

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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