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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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The Why

“The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.” - William Shakespeare 

And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. - Romans 5:3-6

Why: “for what reason or purpose” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Want to succeed? What’s the line, “If at first you fail, try, try again?” Perseverance is the key to success in anything. It gives us energy to try when we want to give in. It provides the motivation to try when we’ve already failed a thousand times. It is the magic elixir that created the light bulb in the hands of Thomas Edison. However, perseverance also killed six million Jews. It enslaved millions of Africans in America’s southern plantations and yankee mansions. And it’s alive and well in every negative emotion, every thought of doubt, and every tool the devil uses to stop the love of God. Perseverance alone is not what’s needed to change the world for the better. Perseverance needs its “Why.” Why give our money in the offering plate? Why not honk at the person driving too slow ahead? Why do what’s right, no one is looking? Why sponsor a child in need? Why leave everything behind to work for a country who’s not sure it even wants you within its borders? Why, why, why? I’ll tell you why. Because it makes all the difference. That’s why. Integrity, love, compassion, patience, peace; they’re all reasons why that turns mere perseverance into miracles. Not miracles performed by us, but by our Creator through us. To a child born to a slums poor gutter, a home with loving parents is a miracle. Adoption is a miracle. To the deformed, a kiss on the face from a Pope is a miracle. Love felt is a miracle. To a poor mother without food, a basket of hope is a miracle. Charity sees miracles performed every day. It’s those why’s that make all the difference. The miracle is in the why. Thousands of people died on Roman crosses. Jesus died there for a reason and that makes all the difference. People are often kind when they know they can get something in return. But when nothing can be returned… That’s when it really matters. All this takes perseverance. It’s not easy being kind when we’re in a hurry, we have to think about it. It’s not easy following Jesus in a crowd who thinks He’s simply a teacher, or a myth. It takes courage in the face of embarrassment. Charity is a life’s work, not just a nights good deed. It takes perseverance. But the why makes all the difference. The why is found on a smiling face who’s tears a drying. The why is in the lump of the throat at the thought of another innocent baby lost. The why is found in the feeling of helplessness in a world full of need. The why needs a partner. That partner is good old perseverance. But this time perseverance has a purpose that can change everything.

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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