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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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Monday, January 20, 2014

Whats Due

“Let every man be respected as an individual and no man idolized.” - Albert Einstein

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.  Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.  For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. - Jesus - Luke 6:37-38

Deference: “humble submission and respect” - New Oxford American Dictionary

We think we’re pretty good most of the time.  We’ve abolished slavery.  We do our best to reduce or eliminate violence.  We don’t force people to believe what we believe.  We respect people.  Or do we?  Are we that good after all?  How often do cab drivers get treated with dignity and respect?  And maids like they deserved better than to clean up our carelessness?  Or sales people like the customer isn’t always right?  We may pay people a wage, but we still like to have servants.  I dare you to talk to the next cab driver you use.  Often their story is much more interesting that you would have thought.  Take interest into the person cleaning your room.  Chances are, they went through a lot to get to be able to tidy your mess.  And what about police officers?  When we need them, we expect them to literally die for us.  But in the mean time they’re hated.  Oh we have our servants, that is for sure.  It doesn’t make much of a difference whether our cabby has been chased halfway across a continent by someone wanting to kill them with a machete.  We want them to drive.  It doesn’t make much of a difference whether the woman looking after our carelessness has three kids she’s not sure how to feed.  We want her to clean.  It doesn’t make much difference whether the person wearing blue has had people try to stab them, threaten their family, or have revenge enacted on them.  We want our protection.  And there’s nothing wrong with paying someone to do a service for us, when that service is something they voluntarily do.  It’s in how we treat and think of them that makes a difference.  Not everyone that does a service for us will be a great person.  But many are.  Many, if we could see their lives, could startle us with the respect they deserve.  With the dignity they live.  “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” - Jesus - Luke 6:31
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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