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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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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Our Capital "F" Friend

“What a Friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer.

Blessed Savior, Thou has promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear.
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer.
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there. 

- From the song What a Friend We Have in Jesus by Joseph Scriven

Shout for joy, you heavens; 
   rejoice, you earth; 
   burst into song, you mountains!  
For the LORD comforts His people 
   and will have compassion on His afflicted ones. 
- Isaiah 49:13

Vicissitudes: “a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant” - New Oxford American Dictionary

You probably knew this already, but people like to be in charge.  Maybe not every single individual, but people in general.  We like to make our own rules.  Form societies where culture dominates.  And determine our values by writing our histories.  We form the truth according to ourselves, putting people in charge.  And some may say, “Who else would be in charge?”  “How else do we get at what truth is?”  “What could be better than a society where the majority rules with empathy, compassion, and understanding?”  Can you see how these arguments cut through the center of all human ideologies.  If you’re conservative, you may have labeled some liberal group as a perpetrator.  The same if you’re liberal.  On one edge you may have Marxism, on the other, Self-Reliance.  Both put people in charge.  Both get very confusing.  What happens when individuals take advantage of a society that says, “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need?” *  And what happens when individuals need help in a society that places all its trust in “Self-Reliance?” **  Something has to give.  Where is the balance and the tipping point between the community and individual?  That question drives to the heart of humanity and our desire to solve a problem with a single answer.  And while the single answer is right in front of us, we often ignore it because we didn’t invent it.  You’ve heard the phrase, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”  Humanity is continually in need.  But this invention was born long before our necessities became clear.  The answer to all the problems we face is simply Jesus.  The truth in everything can be found in Him too.  Because He is the Creator of everything as well.  Start counting all the problems we face in this world.  Hunger, poverty, loneliness, greed, hatred…  People can’t solve those problems.  Not in the long term.  We can feed people.  But greed will take the bread right out of their mouth.  We can suppress wealth.  But power will demand it back again.  We can visit the lonely.  But hate will create another.  Years into the future we’ll be able to look back and laugh or cry at our feeble attempts to solve our problems today with human hands.  And in those days we’ll be focused on vicissitudes of a different kind as well.  And then that generation will die too.  It’s ironic that the best human solution to our human problems is found in the ultimate problem we face.  Death.  Death is an end to all the problems.  No more pain, or poorness.  No more greed, or power.  Nothing!  So what difference does it all make?  It’s discouraging to know that as much as we help, we can’t fix.  As much as we think, we can’t solve.  Let’s get back to Jesus.  He calls us to give up on greed, to feed the poor, to comfort the lonely and the sick.  Not because it will ultimately fix the problem, but because it’s the right thing to do.  Jesus doesn’t ask us for the solution, He asks us to accept His work.  Because it’s in His work that the solution is found.  Because of Him we have salvation.  Not just from our sins, but from our calamities as well.  A life lived for Him is a life that understands that life on this world is fleeting, but that eternal life is waiting.  What a capital “F” Friend we have in Jesus.

* Karl Marx (Communism)
** Ralph Waldo Emerson (Capitalism)

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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