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 6, 2014

Hoist The Colors!

“I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year, ‘Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.’ And he replied, ‘Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the Hand of God. That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.’” - From the Christmas Day broadcast, given by King George VI in 1939 at the beginning of WWII.

A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. - Proverbs 14:1

Ensign: “a flag or standard, esp. a military or naval one indicating nationality.” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“Captain, shall we hoist the colors?”
“Seeing as we’re out of dangerous waters, I shall say so. Hoist the colors Leftenant.”
“Aye Cap. the colors shall be on full display.”

How often in our lives do we take down our colors? Maritime law historically states that an ensign or flag denoting the vessels origin must be flown. For example, a ship operated out of the United States must fly a US maritime ensign while sailing. However, in the past, ships have sometimes lowered their flag while in dangerous waters, or otherwise changed their colors to avoid pirate or naval attack. Wishing to avoid attention and trouble they hide their origins. Last night I had a grandmother pass away. She lived a long life for the Lord. And I’m proud to say, she never lowered her colors. She followed Christ with her life and was never ashamed. I thank God she was a part of my life because it’s meant so much. She raised her children to love the Lord. She taught them what it meant to be a loving family. She was a matriarch to a family with love at its core. That love, that family value, trickled down, or I should say, flowed down through the generations and I’m glad I was able to benefit from it. It makes a difference where your from and what you represent. Our origins can be used against us. Our colors will be attacked. Christians are often targeted for what they believe. Let’s not hide. Let’s proudly fly our ensign, the Cross, for all to see. Because while some may attack because of it. Far more will find refuge under it. The Psalmist said of God, “He is my refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” * But that refuge can’t come when we deny Him and take down His colors. It makes a difference. Stand for what is right. Stand against what is wrong. Stand for Jesus and let His banner over us fly free. He is a beacon in the night, a refuge in the storm, a light to guide the way.

“Say Leftenant, come here for a moment.”
“What is it Captain?”
“My boy, I’ve made a mistake, I’ve been in err. Never again shall we be afraid of our standard. Never again shall we lower our flag. Never again shall we let cowardice cause us to fail in representing our origins. Whether it cost us our property, livelihood, or lives, we shall say for all who care to see, where we are from and what we represent. Do you understand?”

*  Psalms 46:1

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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