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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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Jesus As A Verb

Jesus loves me - this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to Him belong, -
They are weak but He is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me - loves me still,
Though I’m very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me - He will stay, 
Close beside me all the way.
Then His little child will take,
Up to heaven for His dear sake.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

- Verses from a poem by Anna Bartlett Warner
- Refrain from the Hymn Jesus Loves Me by William Batchelder Bradbury

That which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.  And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. - 1 John 1:3-4

Ian: a suffix that forms an adjective or a noun like Persian

“Like taking candy from a baby.”  Why is that the term we use to describe something as easy?  Sure taking candy from a baby is easy, but isn’t it easier to give candy to a baby?  The term speaks directly about humanity.  Humanity is too often about what we can get, instead of what we can give.  For many of us, it often doesn’t even occur to us that we could give.  And I’m not just talking about money.  I’m talking about time, about love, about a smile, about Jesus too.  If we could take a poll that asks people if they love Jesus, I bet there would be a lot who would say YES.  And if we could take an exit poll from those people after they encountered a Christian, how many of them would say it again?  And how many after leaving church would say, “Yes but, I need to stop…”  Or, “Yes but, I really should start…”  That “Yes but” is killing us.  There’s no “Ya but” about Jesus.  Only a YES!  Too often we Christians take Christ out of our lives leaving the world with a bunch of  “ians.”  Being a Christian isn’t about having an identity so much as it is about living a way.  In fact that’s what Christians were called at first, “The Way.”  Our lives should be defined with more verbs and adverbs than nouns and adjectives.  When we focus on what we do instead of what we are, we can more easily focus on doing what is helpful.  Just being isn’t helpful to anyone.  No drill can cut a hole without action.  And no Christian can help a world in need, without giving the love of Christ.  It’s easy to tell someone what they should and shouldn’t do.  It’s easy to point out the wrong in people.  But that doesn’t “Do” anything.  Does it ever occur to us that we should just give Christ?  It’s actually a lot easier.  We don’t ever have to worry about saying the wrong thing.  We won’t have to craft our words carefully.  We just have to share the love of Christ.  The teaching, the right and wrongs will come in time.  They will.  But for right now, just give.  What happens when you take candy from a baby?  We easily get candy, right?  But we also leave a crying baby.  What happens when we give?  We’re left with a smile.  And that’s one of the best things anyone can ever get.  Let’s give Jesus.  It’s like giving candy to a baby.  It’s giving salvation to a sinner.

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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