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, March 7, 2014

Following The Cross

At the Cross You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees, and I am
Lost for words, so lost in love,
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered
From the song Sweetly Broken by Jeremy Riddle

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulcher. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women. Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. - Matthew 28:1-6

Follow: “to keep the mind on” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

At the bar too drunk to stand. At the gentlemen’s club having just paid for a person. At a table holding your families last bit of money left up to chance. At the cold wooden end of a revolver aimed at another. At the lowest points and indeed the pinnacles of life, stands the Cross. The Cross stands before, whether we want to see it or not. It leaves a decision in its wake. To follow its Savior or leave Him behind. To follow our humanity or take the lead of God. It’s a moment many will never forget. I can’t remember deciding that Jesus was my Savior. Rather my belief trails back to before I can remember. However, I can remember moments that I’ve decided to stand with Him. The decision to stand with, to follow, to love Christ, leaves an imprint on our souls. It leaves waypoints in our lives. Markers of hope in despair. Beacons of light in darkness. Glimpses of salvation. So many prayers have been answered on that path. So many hurts healed. But how often do we thank God for His actions in our lives. We pray for rain. The rain comes. We thank our luck with the clouds. Over and over we’ve denied. But the Cross remains. Over and over we must choose to follow. The path that Jesus walked is called the Via Dolorosa or The Way Of Suffering. Why? Why did Jesus follow a path of suffering towards a cross of cruelty, death and despair? That Cross that beckons you. That’s why. That Cross that meats us at places we’d rather no one know about. That’s why. That Cross that promises a better life than this. That’s why. To someone in need, the Cross is everything. I’m in need and so are you. So is everyone who’s ever lived. We’re in need. And so the Cross is everything to you. And to me. The Cross is everything to a history full of people in need. Can you see it? Can you feel its pull? Are you thankful of what its done in your life? We may be able to chalk every other blessing up to chance and nature. But no one can argue that the Cross and the resurrection just happened. They were deliberate and decided. Jesus decided to die for our sins. And He decided to live for us too. Can we thank Him? Can we appreciate what He’s done? Can we live for Him too?

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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