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, May 6, 2014

An Aftermarket God

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” - Jesus - John 3:16-21

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. - Isaiah 40:28

deify: “worship, regard, or treat (someone or something) as a god” - New Oxford American Dictionary

When I was younger, I couldn’t stand a stock car. Unless it was a really nice car of course. I didn’t understand why anyone would want to keep the “old” factory stereo in their car, for example. I loved aftermarket stuff. I wanted to put spoilers and all sorts of things on my car to make it (in my opinion) “nicer.” As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to appreciate the way cars are brand new, un-tainted by modifications. But part of me still likes to make my cars personal to me. And I’m sure you do as well. Certainly we’re not all like 18 year old boys with 15 year old cars. However, most of us like to put a nice set of wheels on our cars. So don’t judge me too harshly. Of course I don’t want to wast your time talking about cars. My question is, do we treat God like our cars sometimes? Perhaps like our homes? Or our clothes? God isn’t alterable by us. He is who He is. However, that doesn’t stop us from trying to make Him our own. Certainly, He is a personal God. Jesus is a personal Savior. But He’s not available for personalization. Still, how often do we try to modify God to suit our needs or desires. We act like God likes certain things based on what we like, He hates certain things based on what we hate, and perhaps He wants for us to have the things we want. It’s a dangerous path towards self deification. We aren't God and we know it. But we can project ourselves onto God. And in that way we basically build God out of what we imagine to be the perfect version of ourselves. That’s not God. We’re not God. We’ve never met anyone like God. So how do we know the real God? How do we know where He starts and our ideas end? How do we see Him for who He is? It starts in our human relationships. How do you know who your husband or wife really is? How do you know your real mom or dad? You listen to them. You trust that what they say about themselves is true. You have an honest relationship with them based on love and not desire. It’s the same with God. He gave us His Word, but how often do we doubt it and read our own thoughts into it? He asks us to pray, but how often do we tell Him what’s really going on in our lives and minds? He asks for a relationship of love, but how often do we forget to give Him our hearts? Our inability to foster a relationship with the true God results in a god that is not real. A vending machine god. One that is relegated to vending the miracles we want. That’s not God. Our gods will always disappoint us. The vending machine will always get the chips stuck in that stupid wire screw thing. However, a relationship with God is something different. Sure, we’ll be disappointed, just like we’re disappointed with our human relationships. We don’t always get everything we want. But God doesn’t exist just to give us everything we want. Not right now. The fact is, we don’t even know what’s best for us. Thankfully God does. Thankfully He loves us enough to give us what we need. Thankfully He is able to comfort us when times are hard. That’s the real God. A God of relationship. A God of love. A God we should get to know. He’s not hiding. His Word can literally be found almost everywhere. Do we trust Him enough to believe it?

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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