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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Thursday, March 27, 2014

Guilty!

“Guilt is perhaps the most painful companion of death.” - Coco Chanel

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. - Psalm 51:10

Clemency: “kind or merciful treatment of someone who could be given harsh punishment” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“Sir, let me be blunt. You have no chance. The mandatory minimum if we find you guilty in the court of law is life. But I’m offering you a chance to plead guilty right now and we’re prepared to lower the sentence substantially.”
Chris listened to the prosecutor carefully. “This is such crap.” He thought to himself. “Who have I hurt? Oh that’s right… No one!” Of course the words stayed in his mind because while one part of him denied the possibility of any victims, he knew he was guilty as well. He knew that without a plea deal he would never experience a life of freedom again.

This story of Chris is really a story about all of us. Let’s take a look around. Where are our victims? At first glance they’re hard to see, maybe even invisible. And so we pat ourselves on the back and claim that we’re good people. We haven’t done any real harm. Perhaps we’ve even done some good. But then again, we know we’re guilty too. Guilty of all kinds of things; selfishness, pride, jealousy, lying, cheating, stealing maybe. And at some point in our lives we’re going to have to face the fact that death awaits. And what are we going to do?

“Ok, I’m gonna take your deal. How does this go? I guess I want to plead guilty. Is there some sort of formality to this sort of statement?”
This time Chris’s words didn’t just stay in his head. They came out for all who were important to hear. He had admitted his guilt and assuaged his penalty.
“Ok Chris, let me get the paperwork ready. You’ll need to sign it and we’ll get the process going. You made the right decision.”

There’s no way to escape the penalty for our guilt. Sin has its reward. Death. We’re all gonna die some day. It’s a scary reality to face. But there’s a promise too. A promise of mercy. A promise of life again. But first we must make our plea. Guilty is our only option. Without an admittance to our guilt how can forgiveness be granted? The request for forgiveness in itself is an admittance to guilt isn’t it? This seems a little strange to say, but let’s plead guilty. We know it’s true. We all claim the phrase, “No one is perfect.” And in the absence of perfection is always guilt. But by asking forgiveness, by claiming our guilt, by admitting our mistakes and shortcomings we can make a claim on clemency. Because of Jesus we are offered a bargain. He will take our punishment so that we can be set free. That’s what Jesus did on the Cross. He died for you and what you did yesterday, and what you’ll do tomorrow. But it takes one thing, making Him your Lord and Savior. In that act we’re saying that we are guilty, that we need help, that we can’t do this all on our own. We’ve tried and failed, we’ve made victims and we’ve committed sin. And in that act we empower Him to go to work in our lives. To forgive us from our sins and to set within us a new heart that is sensitive to the wrongs of this world. He can give us a new life today and He promises us an eternal life after death.  Claim it!

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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