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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Friday, April 11, 2014

You Can't Handle The Love

“I pray that you will understand the words of Jesus, ‘Love one another as I have loved you.’ Ask yourself ‘How has He loved me? Do I really love others in the same way?’ Unless this love is among us, we can kill ourselves with work and it will only be work, not love. Work without love is slavery.” - Mother Teresa

Because Your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You. - Psalm 63:3

Agape: “from Greek agapē ‘selfless love’” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Agape… Unconditional, selfless love. We all wish we had more of it. It could, it would change the world. But who’s ever thought of what it really feels like to experience agape? Can we even comprehend it fully? “You Can’t handle the truth.” So goes a famous movie line by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. And I think that’s a little how we relate to agape. I’ll never forget the way I felt the first time I held my daughter Cora. She’d just been beat up, bruised, and poked with needles. Just a few minutes old and wrapped in that familiar hospital receiving blanket she just was. And I wonder how much agape I felt at that moment. I’m not sure what percentage of the love I felt was agape then, but all I can remember is being completely broken. There was nothing I’d ever loved more. That little baby, still swollen and red, unable to do anything by herself, had complete control over me. It was the most beautiful moment I’ve ever experienced. To parents, I don’t need to spend a lot of time explaining it. It was agape. It was something we don’t know how to handle. Imagine feeling that way about everything. Imagine living a life in which a son or daughter died every moment. It’s not something we can handle. Now you know a little of what separates us from God. God has agape for everyone. “He is agape,” the Bible says in 1 John 4:8. Agape is what Jesus felt for His crucifiers. He died on the Cross because of His agape for us. Can you imagine? No. We can’t handle love. Not fully, not completely, not in its purest form. But someday. Someday when this world’s evils are abolished. When perfection is normal. When love is unlimited. When agape is in every heart. But until then… Until then, let’s at least let it inspire. 

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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