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, February 21, 2014

An Abundant Savior

“It’s not about how much we give but how much love we put into giving.” - Mother Teresa

Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for Him there. Martha serve, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with Him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples (he who was about to betray Him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.” - John 12:1-8

Abundance: “plentifulness of the good things of life; prosperity” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Yesterday I wrote about the value of our lives. The value of the moments we experience, live, and create. But how? What makes a moment valuable? Is what we’re doing right now worth anything? Depression sets in. Guilt starts to overcome. What can you do? Is what we’re doing enough? Could I do more? You can almost hear the voices telling you that you’re worthless. That you’ll never change anything. That you’re not working hard enough. And even if you were, you’re not smart enough. Change the formula! Here’s what I mean. Most of us believe that if we’re doing something good we will be rewarded, told so, or at least feel like it. We’d like to believe that the money we give should come with a product we can see. We want the work we do to show, to be visible, to come with a thank you. In other words, we want to be able to add up the value of our costs and our worth to what we do. We want to be able to say that we gave a thousand dollars and a thousand dollars of food went into the bellies of hungry orphans. We want to be able to say that we spent 20 hours at the homeless shelter and 20 people moved into new homes. We’d like to… But we can’t. The value of our lives doesn’t really work that way. Change the formula! Is what we’re doing worth remembering 50 years from now? Is what you’re doing worth telling your kids about? Is what I’m doing worth someone else’s time? That might not always look like toiling in the mission field. It might not look like all the money’s gone from your bank account. It might not look like every second is spent on someone else. It might look like a night spent with the family. A good book to learn and enjoy. A movie. Perhaps even the olympics, cheering for your countries athletes. There are many things worth doing and remembering that can be enjoyed. We should have joy and happiness in our lives. Jesus didn’t perform miracles every second of His life. He didn’t preach throughout His entire ministry. He didn’t even come onto the ministry scene until He was 30 years old. Jesus had a family He spent time with. He had friends He loved. He helped keep at least one party going. Jesus simply loved. The perfume Mary used to wash Jesus’ feet would have cost the average person a years salary. Imagine burning up $30,000 just to praise Jesus. Couldn’t that money be used to dig a bunch of wells or stock the shelves of a food bank? Of course it could, but that wasn’t the point. The point is loving; and loving Jesus. How we do that will sometimes look like a waste. Or at least the devil would have us think so. However, Jesus isn’t a God of scarcity. He is a Savior of abundance. Following Him isn’t about giving up all we have, but gaining all He is. That may look like getting rid of our stuff sometimes, and sometimes it may not. Our stuff is not the point. Our heart is what matters. Our heart is where value is formed. And it’s our heart that Jesus wants. Satan is about our stuff, our desire for it and our guilt from it. Jesus is about our heart. He wants it, not to make us worth less, but to make us priceless. Change the formula! Give your heart to Jesus and let Him decide what you’re worth. 

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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