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 7, 2014

Beautiful In Its Own Way

"People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within." - Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. - Isaiah 1:18

Harbinger: “a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Looking out across the white world around our home, I can't help but think about how much snow is NOT like Jesus. Now I love snow, so don't think this is one of those anti-snow, I hate the cold rants. Rather, I can't help but be amazed at its beauty. At the way it covers ugliness with a blanket of perfection. The way it changes our perspective. How it nourishes the ground for spring. However, the snow will also produce its own ugliness. When it's here it makes everything a little more difficult. When it melts it leaves a muddy mess behind. And it never changes any of the blemishes it covers. All it can do is hide them in beauty for a little while. That's not like Jesus; the Savior who cleanses from the inside, the Son of God who is more interested in what's below the surface than an appearance, the God who creates permanent change. He's not a cover up, He's not into shallow beauty, He's into the things of the heart. The snow often reminds us of Jesus. It's ability to make all things beautiful. The way it brightens the landscape. It's perfectly white appearance. But it also is a harbinger of humanity. It doesn't last. It can only cover and can never fix. It comes with it's own built in problems. And when we think of it in that sort of metaphor, we realize how foolish it is to put our hopes in anything but God. When we hope in humanity we're always left disappointed with what it leaves behind. When we rely on cover ups, reality will always prevail. And although something may be beautiful, we know that human beauty won't last and that it brings with it problems of its own. No, there's nothing like Jesus. He doesn't whitewash or cover. He repairs and replaces. He doesn't disappear and disappoint, He remains. His presence is never a problem. Rather He's the solution to all the problems. No, snow is not like Jesus, but it sure can remind us to be thankful for Him. And that's beautiful in its own way. 

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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