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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, February 3, 2014

Have The Hero

Let me go
I don’t wanna be your hero
I don’t want to be a bigger man
I just want to fight with everyone else
From the song Hero by the band Family of the Year

Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions.  As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish.  The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”  Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever!  My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before Him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.”  Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den.  So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. - Daniel 6:19-23

Hero: “a person, typically a man, who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities” - New Oxford American Dictionary

The lyric from the song I chose today speaks of the condition of people.  We naturally want to be heroes.  We naturally want to be respected and revered.  Most of us want to be kings of some sort.  But we’re not capable.  We get tired and give up.  And we cry out.  “Let me go, I don’t want to be your hero, I don’t want to be a bigger man.”  And we lash out and could say, “I just want to fight with everyone else.”  Isn’t that the way it kinda goes a lot of times?  We’re champions for a day, then the rest of the world is after our crown.  We may achieve a few victories, but we’ll eventually be defeated.  We can’t do it on our own.  Daniel couldn’t shut the mouths of the lions on his own.  And he couldn’t have became the influential man he was on his own.  He became what he was because of where he put his trust.  He was rescued from a den of lions by a power greater than his.  He was rescued by God, because in God he put his trust.  We’ll never be the heroes humanity looks for.  We’ll have moments.  We may even lay our lives down.  But that will be the end.  By himself Daniel could have been heroic in the lion’s den.  He would have died for a cause.  But that would have been his end.  God wants to be the hero of your life.  He sent His Son to die for us.  To lay down His life to be our Savior.  Unlike us however, He has the capability to raise Himself back.  And through His resurrection we have access to the one and true and only absolute hero in which we can put our trust.  Don’t try to be the world’s hero.  Put God first.  Make Him your Savior, because He is able to do more through you than you ever could dream on your own.  With Him our human condition can be circumvented.  With Him we are more than conquerers.  The Bible says, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’  No, in all these things we are more than conquerers through Him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:35-39  In whom do you put your trust?

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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