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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Friday, January 31, 2014

The Fill Up

"This life therefore is not righteousness, but growth in righteousness, not health, but healing, not being but becoming, not rest but exercise. We are not yet what we shall be, but we are growing toward it, the process is not yet finished, but it is going on, this is not the end, but it is the road. All does not yet gleam in glory, but all is being purified." - Martin Luther

If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. - 1 John 2:29

Inept: "having or showing no skill; the inept handing of the threat" - New Oxford American Dictionary

As I watched my baby drink from her bottle this morning, the verse popped into my head.  “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.”- Matthew 5:6  It was a statement by Jesus in His famous sermon we call, “The Beatitudes.”  A sermon where Jesus painstakingly took people’s expectations and turned them on their ear.  What did Jesus mean by this statement?  We all know some people trying their best to be righteous. Some of them are doing pretty well. Some are struggling and can't figure out why. Some think they've succeeded and we all know they haven't. But what did Jesus mean? To hunger and thirst are natural and common things. We all know what it's like to be hungry or thirsty. Our bodies are telling us we need something. We need sustenance, nourishment, and hydration. We can't live very long without those things. And neither can we receive Jesus' promise of everlasting life without righteousness.  That's why, when our hearts are on eternity, our souls naturally crave it. But we need something more than ourselves. Just like our bodies are inept at creating the nourishment we need, we are incapable of creating righteousness in ourselves. Notice, Jesus didn't say, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness will achieve righteousness. No, He said they would be filled. That speaks to the Cross itself. The only tool and path towards human righteousness. Jesus is our righteousness. When we want Him more than anything else, when we realize our need for Him above all else. When we hunger and thirst for Him. He fills. 

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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