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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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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Indifference Kills

“The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference.  The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference.  The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference.  And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.” - Elie Wiesel

“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.  Would that you were either cold or hot!  So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of My mouth.  For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.  I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see.  Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.  The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on My throne, as I also conquered and sat down with My Father on His throne.  He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” - Jesus - Revelation 3:15-22

Indifference: “lack of interest, concern, or sympathy” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Most of my life I’ve ended my prayers with, “In Jesus name, amen.”  You may be asking, “Why in the world do I care?”  And you’re right, who cares about how I close a prayer?  However, sometime ago, I’m not sure when, I added the phrase, “I love you.”  Still, who cares, right?  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to suggest anything about prayer.  Rather, I want to talk about a relationship.  I love God.  I always have.  But over that past few years I’ve felt that love grow and flourish and prosper.  And over the past few years I’ve also been mad at God, and thankful to God, and passionate about God more than ever before.  It’s not because I added the words, “I love you” to my prayers.  Rather they both come in the same package.  A package of love.  With that love comes those other emotions we often feel guilty about.  Is it ok to be mad at God?  Shouldn’t we see how good God has been to us and the blessings He’s bestowed on us?  Shouldn’t we fear God, and shouldn’t that fear squelch negative emotions?  Here’s what human a relationships of love always eliminate.  Indifference.  Indifference means there’s no emotion.  No anger, no jealousy, no sadness, no joy, no love.  We should never be indifferent to God.  An indifference to God means that the love is gone.  And it’s in that love that relationship really exists.  Be mad at God.  Be frustrated with Him.  Wonder where He is.  Ask Him why.  And really, really, love Him!  All these things make a relationship.  And a relationship with God is what we need more than anything else.  So get with God.  Yell at Him if you need.  Realize the crap you’re going through.  Get into a relationship free of indifference.  In time you’ll see the good things too.  But don’t forget to look for them now.  They’re there.  Maybe they’re hidden under a pile of tears.  But they’re their.  Even Jesus asked God on the Cross, “Father, why have you forsaken Me.”  If Jesus can ask a question like that, you can too.  But to get to that point, the indifference has to go.  It kills.

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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