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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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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Open Your Eyes And See

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation.  We must always take sides.  Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim.  Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Wiesel

“But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear.  For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear and did not hear it.” - Jesus - Matthew 13:16-17

Vision: “the faculty or state of being able to see: the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Too often we blind ourselves to the faults of this world, then look around and see nothing wrong.  We read about the Israelites in the Bible and wonder how they could be so wrong, so cruel, and so disobedient.  Wasn’t it obvious to them?  We ask.  But how in the world are we different?  They were wrong to worship idols, but how often do we leave what we enjoy to do something for God?  Or for another person?  We go to church, but don’t allow it to affect our lives outside the Christian community.  We stand by, ok with baby after baby having its limbs torn off because a mother is afraid to become a mom.  Why?  Not because we don’t care about those things.  I can’t imagine the person ok with a viable baby being torn apart while still alive.  But it happens all the time.  It’s not because we don’t care about people dying from AIDS around the world.  That happens every day too.  It’s not because we enjoy cruelty, or death, or injustice; we hate all of that.  It’s because too often we refuse to see it.  If it’s not on the news then it doesn’t happen.  Genocide happens every day.  Infants are torn apart every day during abortions.  Every day a poor man on the streets succumbs to their exposure.  Are we brave enough to see it?  Do we have the courage to look?  To open our eyes and feel the pain?  It takes courage to expose our feelings to hurt, because once exposed, it becomes harder to turn away.  It’s hard to keep silent when evil overcomes love.  It’s hard to live with the rejection of others in our own heart.  It’s hard to forget the face of pain.  Let’s refuse to mask it any longer.  No one would be happy to ignore their disease with a painkiller.  Everyone wants the source of pain to be removed, because it’s the source, not the pain that kills.  So why do we allow disease to run rampant in our world?  Why are we willing to deaden the pain with ignorance?  Let’s do something.  Let’s pray for courage for one another.  It’s not an easy proposition for me to think about either.  But I’m tired of hearts being broken with no-one to care.  We can’t stop every ill.  Satan is too powerful.  But we can mend a wound here and there, and for those wounds we’ve healed, that’s all that matters.

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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