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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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Relevancy

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
- Excerpt from the song You Love Me Anyway by the band Sidewalk Prophets

Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. - 1 John 3:13

Relevant: “closely connected or appropriate to the matter at hand” - New Oxford American Dictionary

What will we do to be liked? What would we do to be respected? What could we do to be loved? What have we done!? Relevant: it’s what the church wants to be. It’s what any system of beliefs wants to be. But it’s not up to us to make our beliefs relevant. It’s up to us to know that what we believe is relevant. Too often we want to shape our beliefs to fit the world. We want to be cool once again. We want people to like us because we’re not judgmental and we’re accepting and we’re part of the crowd. But does that make us loving? We were called to love. But does true love set aside judgment in order to accept? Of course the answer is yes and it’s no at the same time. We are not to judge people, that’s Jesus’ job. Rather, we are to accept people like Christ. However, should we throw away all the rules just so that we can be nonjudgmental and accepting? Of course not. While it’s not our job to judge a person, we should have judgement. We should know what is right and wrong, and we should stand for what is right. Even if it means we don’t fit in. Christ stood for what was right, and He died for what we do wrong. If there is one thing our life is for, it is so that more people would get to know Christ. It’s not our job to make sure society is perfect, but that society knows what perfection looks like. It’s our job to show Jesus to the world. And so we don’t say it’s ok to do whatever we want because who is anyone to judge. Rather we say that Jesus is able to forgive. We have to be able to tell right from wrong so that we can tell that Jesus forgives wrongs and makes right. If, as Christians, we simply accept all behavior, then why would anyone need Jesus? Likewise, if we reject people because of their behavior, they will likely reject Jesus as well. And so we try to be relevant; not in a way that adjusts what is acceptable, there is no sin that is acceptable to God, but in a way that relates Jesus to humanity. Because while sin is unacceptable, we are all acceptable through Christ. He died to become relevant to all of us. Indeed, He is the definition of relevant., because ultimately, we all need Him. 

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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