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 30, 2014

Rich In Love

“It’s unfortunate when the only thing you’re rich in is money.” Kenny (The Jet) Smith

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul. - Jesus - Mark 8:36

Rich: “producing a large quantity of something” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Remember when you were a kid? When money was somehow priceless? When we couldn’t fully understand it’s power? At one point in our lives it didn’t make sense. Why couldn’t we afford that toy we wanted? There were, after all, checks in the checkbook. “Other people have this stuff. Why not us?” We thought. Or maybe you wondered, “Why can’t those other kids enjoy the same things as me?” It didn’t make a ton of sense. Fortunately we didn’t spend much time on the problem. There were more important things to worry about. Like enjoying life for life itself. Like dreaming of future motorcycles or houses to make homes; like the love of family and Jesus. The truth is, we could still be back there. We like to think that we understand money more than back then. However, I’m not sure that we’re not a little more perverted. Can we really answer why we have more than another, in human terms? Not really. The reasons are there. We worked harder. We had a better attitude. But then again. Maybe we were blessed to find ourselves doing something we love. Maybe we were just fortunate enough to have the influence of someone who could make a difference. Are some human beings inherently worth more than others? Yes, is a very dangerous answer to that question. No, we won't find equality in this world. It’s just one of the ways sin works. But if we could just put a little equality in our hearts. The way we see people based on the amount they have shows our ignorance of what worth is. Money can be a blessing and a tool, but it isn’t everything. If we could only see ourselves and those around us as God sees. Put yourself in the place of a parent. Which child would you love more. The wealthy or the poor one. Money is not a factor when it comes to the love. The simple fact of existence is the most valuable factor. As I come to a close, I’m not exactly sure of the point I’m trying to make. The wealth of love in our hearts is a little like a rainbow. Witnessed but untouched. Experienced but not entirely felt. Controlled by perspective and kept at a distance. And so we must ask ourselves, “What are we richest in?” Money, love, friends, family, relationship? And what does it mean to be rich? Will we ever get it? Not until Jesus, the source of true riches, comes again. Until then, let’s do our best to be rich in love first.

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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