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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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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

It Would Make A Difference

“Many hands make light work.” - John Heywood

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. - Ecclesiastes 4:9-10a

Gendercide: “the systematic killing of members of a specific sex” - Wikipedia.com

Studies have shown that when confronted with an emergency requiring assistance, some 85 percent will respond when they feel they are the only one that can help.  However, if there is a crowd that is able, only about 31 percent.  Some call it the bystander effect,* the effect that causes other people to let other people do the dirty work.  Why?  Why would multiple people, and by multiple I mean dozens of people, stand around and watch a woman be murdered?  Watch a kid bleed to death on a train?  Watch a young lady succumb to rape?  Because the study shows, other people are able to help.  Which speaks to the problem at heart.  We don’t really want to help.  Who wants to intervene in a murder?  Who wants to stop a robbery?  Who wants to risk everything for someone they don’t even know?  Most people I imagine are somewhat horrified, or at least disappointed to hear that people allow atrocities to happen around them without intervening, simply because they expect someone else to solve the problem.  I know I am.  But before we start thinking we’re any different, let’s see if we’re the same.  Have we done anything about the millions of baby girls killed every year around the world because of gendercide?  Have we done anything about the guy or girl we know who has a drug problem?  And what about the dishes in the sink?  Or the plants around the house?  Or the, fill in your blank.  I would suppose that each one of us passes by a problem every day that we could help with.  I would guess that there’s something right now each and every one of us could do to help.  And I would pray that we would, that we could be the person who steps forward.  That we would be the person to offer a hand in time of need.  That we would do what we can, whenever we can, wherever we are.  Life is a trial.  With every step we’re put forth a question.  “What will you do about this?”  And so I ask.  What will we do?  Will we step in?  Will we be part of a generation that destroys the statistics?  That instead of avoiding problems, faces them head on?  Will we be a group of people that instead of looking to someone else to do the work, all join in the work?  It would make a difference.

 The bystander effect was discovered by a social psychology research study by John Darley and Bibb Latane in 1968

**  For full disclosure, this message was inspired by a sermon entitled The Issue of Power given by Pastor Daniel Fusco at Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA on February 2, 2014

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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