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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 22, 2014

Understanding

“We live in cities you’ll never see on screen
Not very pretty, but we shire know how to run things
Living in ruins of a palace within my dreams
And you know, we’re on each other’s team”
- Excerpt from the song Team by Lorde

Then Job answered the LORD and said:
“I know that You can do all things,
  and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?
Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.
Hear, and I will speak;
  I will question You, and You make it know to me.
I had heard of You by the hearing of the ear,
  but now my eye sees You;
therefore I despise myself,
  and repent in dust and ashes.”
- Job 42:1-6

Misunderstand: “fail to interpret or understand the words or actions of (someone) correctly” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“When you’re right, you’re right; I’m not gonna argue with you.”
A quick backhanded wave was the response, and without turning around, John simply said he’d see him in the morning and continued his walk up the sidewalk to his house. Jim just sat there. John had been right, but why did he feel so strange about it.

What is it about right and wrong that has us all up in arms. Literally, countries and people take up arms and go to war over right and wrong. The perception of what’s right and the actualities of what is wrong.

Slowly and with a bit of brake squeal, Jim’s truck came to a stop in front of John’s house. The old Ford V8 rumbling smoothly but with a tone only 150 thousand miles could give. 
“How’s everything going this morning?” 
John asked, as he shut the old pickup door with a firm swing.
“Good, and yourself?”
It was the typical first conversation of the day. A forced formality that we all know is a little uncomfortable.
“You know I’ve been thinking about what you said last night. Maybe you’re not right. I know I said I wasn’t going to argue with you, however, some things are worth talking over.”
John rolled his eyes, somehow he knew what was coming.
“John,” Jim continued, “You’re not right about what you and Angela are about to do. That baby is a person too. You might well be correct that having a baby right now isn’t what’s best for the relationship with your girlfriend, and you guys probably aren’t ready to raise a child. But it’s hard to argue that taking that babies life is what’s best for it.”

Right and wrong… We have to live with it everyday. Is something right if it brings hardship? Can something so easy be wrong? Doesn’t it seem like the right thing should be followed up by good. We all know that’s not true. We all know that often, usually, the right thing is the hard thing to do. And often it comes with the greatest consequences. Was it right for Jesus to be our Savior? Yes, and it led to His crucifixion. And so it will go in our lives. Hopefully we won’t be met with something like a murder, but we will be confronted with hardships because of doing the right thing. Getting bullied at school, having less money and possessions, a baby when we don’t know how to raise it. 

“I know, I know,” John replied, “In fact, Angie and I talked about it last night. We’re going to continue the pregnancy. But I’m not sure what we’re gonna do. Do you think you can help us with that?”

It’s easy to determine right from wrong when we’re talking about someone else. But when it comes to us, to our hardship, to what we should do… Not so easy. It’s easy to tell a little girl to keep the baby growing inside her. It’s not so easy to be faced with a life forever changed. It’s not so easy to tell a judgmental mom or dad about a pregnancy when she doesn’t have to. There is a right and wrong. Not only for others, but for us too. 

Jim was a little surprised by the question. But the answer was easy, “John I will help you in any and every way I can. You know Mary and I love you guys. Anything you need, we’ll be here to help.”

Right now we have an opportunity to go out into this world and do the right thing. What will we do? Maybe we could start by first trying to understand. Then getting on the right team.

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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