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, May 9, 2014

Something To Be Thankful For

“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” - Henri Nouwen

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. - Psalm 147:3

Victim: “a person who is tricked or duped” - New Oxford American Dictionary

When I was a kid I was terrified of getting hurt. At the top of the list of those things was getting cut to the bone. What could be worse than being cut to the bone? I was fascinated with the idea. Even though I was always afraid of getting hurt, somehow there was something I could be proud of when it came to injuries. And being cut to the bone was one of those things you could really hang your tough guy hat on. Whenever somebody would show me a cut or a scar I would ask if they could see the bone when it happened. If they said yes, I was in awe. What is it with boys and injuries? What is it about being tough that makes you more of a man? In a way, I guess, it proves that we can go through something hard and come out the other side fully functional, or at least alive; that we are able to use and or sacrifice our bodies to protect somebody, or something. Of course, after all the cuts and bruises and broken bones, we all know that girls are lot tougher than boys. It’s just that boys are fragile enough that we have to prove it. But we’re all sort of fragile in ways. It’s ironic that our fragility is often expressed through proving our toughness. Whether it’s mental, physical, social, or spiritual, we all want to be tough in some sort of way. We all want to hide the parts of us that we feel are vulnerable. We call it surviving I guess. What do you think would happen if we revealed our vulnerabilities? If we exposed our soft bellies to the predators in our lives? Do you think it would make any difference? The fact is, we’re all victims. We all have the scars to prove it. We’ve all been cut to the bone a time or two. However, when it comes to our emotions, we hide the evidence. There’s a difference between getting cut in battle and being a victim. Being abused isn’t just a cut somehow, it affects on a deeper level. Losing a loved one isn’t just a cut that will heal. It changes who we are in ways we don’t quite understand. We are all victims. But we don’t have to live forever victimized. Christ is able to heal and wipe clean our wounds. He’s able to turn our abuses into tools for Him and others. He’s able to get us through our wounds functional and alive. He’s able to place life into our spirits, even though it doesn’t seem possible. Our wounds aren’t necessarily something to be proud of, but they can be marks of perseverance with Him. We don’t have to prove ourselves with Jesus. He does all the proving. He didn’t have to prove Himself to the doubters while He was on the cross, He had to persevere through His own sacrifice. He would prove Himself later. It was for us, for our hurts, that He died and rose again. So that we could be healed. So that one day even our scars could be removed. I’m still terrified of being hurt, just like anyone else. But I know He can get us through whatever may come. Even death has no hold on us with Jesus. Because He promised to come again so that we can be with Him. One day there will be no more cuts, no more bruises, no more victims. One day we will be conquerers through Christ Jesus our Lord. That’s something to be thankful for.

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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