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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, January 23, 2014

Beyond A Quote

“You can’t take it [your stuff] with you - but you can send it on ahead.” - Randy Alcorn
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. - Matthew 6:21

Quotation: “a formal statement setting out the estimated cost for a particular job or service” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Have you ever thought of somebody differently because of what they had?  In all honesty I do it all the time.  And it’s not good.  I’ve found myself resisting going to certain stores because the people are different there.  So too, I’ve found myself uncomfortable in posh restaurants because those people are different as well.  The truth is, most people have difficulty relating to people they perceive to be different.  Unfortunately, a lot of times that difference comes in the form of wealth.  Why do we treat people in jobs that make little money differently than people who make more?  Why do we treat people with a lot more than us differently than people who have less?  It tells of the condition of our hearts.  It tells of what we value.  It’s difficult for us to value people for what they are; children of God.  Too often we view people with less as lazy and people with more as greedy.  Sometimes the stereotype rings true.  Often it’s way off the mark.  I’ve found that the physically harder the job, the less it often earns.  I’ve also seen wealthy people who are literally trying to give everything they have away and can’t do it.  God wants to bless us all with happiness.  For some, that may include possessions.  For others a simple living family.  For some that will include a nice wardrobe.  Others will care less about their garb.  Despite all our differences, we are all creatures of a loving God who has a plan for each of us.  Can we see past the material to gaze on the eternal?  Can we accept our fellow man, rejecting the things that don’t matter?  Can we guard our hearts from unfounded judgement and give them to God?  There are people worth being your friend in the slum down the road.  And there are respectable people in the mansions on the hill.  Our earthly differences don’t count up to anything when we consider our heavenly home.  If we were to treasure what is with God more than what is here with us, we could easily see people for who they really are.  Rather than who we want them to be.  Everyone’s value is beyond quotation when our heart is set on what really matters.

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,


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