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, April 3, 2014

Answering With The Heart

“Sometimes the heart sees what is invisible to the eye.” - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes. And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the land with a decree of utter destruction. - Malachi 4:5-6

Heart: “the heart regarded as the center of a person's thoughts and emotions, esp. love or compassion” - New Oxford American Dictionary

There comes a time when we have to look at society; we have to look at ourselves and say, are we doing enough? Are we doing what is right? Are we healthy? In a country of over 300 million people we expect bad things to happen. We expect that there will be evil people who do evil things. We don’t expect a perfect society. However, if we looked at ourselves honestly, could we say that we are contributing for the good of our country, culture, or community? Over the last few years we’ve seen too many cases of a person trying to kill a bunch of other people. Then we go about asking ourselves whether guns should be allowed, or if we should monitor people more closely. But do we ever spend much time asking ourselves whether we could make a difference? Could someone we know or work with do what we see too often in the news? Do we care about the people who are a little different than us? Are we willing to see the humanity in the person we don’t understand? And if not, are we setting them up to do something terrible? 
Most of the shooters we’ve seen lately have been diagnosed, or at least, show the signs of serious mental problems. They needed medical care. One shooter even killed his own very loving mother. So please understand, I’m not placing the blame for any of these events on the victims. They did not deserve any sort of retaliation or revenge from anyone. But as a society we want to hide our sick the best we can. We want to live as normal of a life as possible and forget, if we can, that there are people who need help. What do we do with a schizophrenic? What do we do with the person who wants to live on the street simply because, on the street, no one will stop them from doing drugs? What do we do with the people who don’t want to function in our society? I don’t think we have answered those questions. They’re hard questions. We don’t want to put people a bunch of people in a facility, but at the same time we know they’re not all safe in public. We want to help those in need, but at the same time they want to take advantage of our help to further their addictions. We want to give people the benefit of the doubt, but they just don’t care to do anything to help themselves. Is there anything we can do with these problems of humanity?
It seems like a cliche, but every time I don’t know the answer to a hard question about humanity, the word love comes to mind. Because we can always start with love. We can start by bandaging people’s wounds. Touching their humanity. Seeing the value they were born with. We tried putting the mentally ill in facilities. They became jails when we forgot to love them. So we shut the facilities down. Now they’re ostracized in a society that won’t accept them. We’ve tried putting the homeless in housing. But four walls without love inside is a cage to a person who wants to get high. We don’t know how to love the people that don’t just get along and do the same things 90 percent of the rest of us do. We will never strip our society of its sickness and wounds. We will always have problems. But like the song says, “I believe that love is the answer, I believe that love will find a way.” * Why? Because Christ died for us. Love already has the answer in waiting. It’s for us to believe. To hold on to what we’ve been asked to hold on to. To love even though it doesn’t always make much sense. Because we believe.

Excerpt from the song I Believe by Blessed Union of Souls

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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