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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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Persist In Service

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” - Charles Dickens

And He [Jesus] said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him;’ and he will answer from within and say, ‘Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.” - Luke 11:5-8

Persistence: “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition” - New Oxford American Dictionary

It’s not always fun to do the right thing. It’s not always easy to give. It’s not always a joyful moment when we get to be kind to an offensive person. Sometimes it is. Sometimes helping, giving, and doing the right thing bring more joy than anything else. However, it won’t always work that way. Don’t be fooled by those heart warming moments when an act of kindness pays off. It won’t always pay. Don’t be lured into believing that being good to others will mean they’ll be good to you. They won’t always be good in return. Don’t let the reward of our acts be what determines our decisions. The time to decide to do the right thing is before the moment to act ever comes. It will take persistence to do the right thing sometimes. It will take knowing and having faith in the idea of being good to others is not for you, but for them. It’s not about you or me. It’s about the people in need. It’s about the children and the mothers. The women and men. The fathers and the sons. Brothers and sisters. And it’s about Jesus too. Persistence; it does what is needed when our energy and desire is gone. Persistence keeps going when we would stop. It’s what forces us to follow through on the decision we made long before, to do the right thing. Let’s learn to be persistent in our charity. Let’s learn to be insistent that it’s not about us. Let’s make this about Jesus and about serving. Let’s make this world a little better. We can when we decide to do the right thing, even when it’s hard. Even when it doesn’t pay. Let’s decide right now to serve… Persistently. 

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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