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 14, 2014

Have Mercy!

“I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” - Abraham Lincoln

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of  your Father who is in heaven.  For He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” - Jesus - Matthew 5:43-45

Mercy: “an event to be grateful for, esp. because its occurrence prevents something unpleasant or provides relief from suffering” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Yesterday I wrote about some of the things that can break our hearts.  I wrote about making a difference to those things.  About the fact that we should care, we should open our eyes, that we should let those things stir our consciousness.  But how?  How do we approach those things without making victims of our own?  Medical doctors make a promise called the Hippocratic Oath.  In it, it states, “First do no harm.”  Sadly we too often inflict harm when we mean to heal.  We inflict harm with our judgement, ridicule, and self-righteousness.  Those abortions that break our hearts.  They’re often agreed to by mothers who’ve been fooled by society and culture.  What if you learned that you lost a grandson because your daughter was afraid to tell you about a “shameful” pregnancy?  What if you found out someone’s daughter died of AIDS because you refused to do anything for a “gay” disease?  I can’t and don’t need to conjure up every possible scenario, but…  What if?  As Christians, as people trying to help; we should approach every person with the same mercy we approach every wound of this world.  Because every person should be considered a child of God.  Love is the medicine that heals the hurts science can’t touch.  Love is the balm that salves the wounds humanity can’t sooth.  And it’s that love that should be applied to every hurt and every person without hesitation.  Whoever you’re thinking of right now, friend or otherwise, love them first.  Anything else is up to God.

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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