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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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

You Did It To Me


“Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Her at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and name Mother of Exiles.
From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
‘Keep, ancient lands, you storied pomp!’ cries she
With silent lips.  ‘Give me your tired, your poor, 
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!’”
- The New Colossus, a poem by Emma Lazarus, inspired by and found on the Statue of Liberty

When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me, I was in prison and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirst and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger and welcome You, or naked and clothe You? And when did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?” And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to Me.” - Matthew 25:31-40

Sate: “satisfy (a desire or an appetite) to the full” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Need exists. Are we helping it? People sleep on the streets. Are we doing anything about it? There is a divide between the needy and the sated. Are we working to break down the wall? There is a reason people live on the streets in need. More often than not, drugs and crime got them there. And sometimes there is nothing that can be done. But we can be His hands and His feet. We can minister in real ways to those in need. Notice how Jesus didn’t say, “I was wrongfully imprisoned and you helped me.” No, He said, “I was in prison and you visited me.” If righteousness was the requirement for receiving help, we’d all be lost. Help for the unrighteous… Isn’t that why Jesus died? Jesus didn’t look down on us and say to Himself, “Those poor helpless good people. Someone needs to help them.” Rather He promised death would result from sin. He looked down on us and recognized the punishment we deserved, then took the punishment on Himself. We will never solve the problem of poverty and all that goes with it. Otherwise Jesus wouldn’t have said to His disciples as Mary washed His feet with perfume. “You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.” - John 12:8 Fortunately He sent the Spirit to always be with us. And it’s the fact that the Holy Spirit is always with us that empowers us to reach out to those in need. It’s our primary mission. A mission that I’m not good at. A mission that is scary. A mission of the Gospel. Everyone needs Jesus.

As a warning, before opening your life to someone you don’t know, someone that probably has a criminal record, learn how to most affectively help their needs. There are those who target people trying to do good, and it is easy to become prey while trying to help.  

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

Jake

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