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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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Monday, May 5, 2014

With Him

“Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.” - Jesus - Luke 13:24

Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him. Genesis 5:24

Rhetorical: “(of a question) asked in order to produce an effect or to make a statement rather than to elicit information.” - New Oxford American Dictionary

It’s not often you see a car traveling 120 miles per hour on the highway. It’s even less often that you’ll see a group of cars traveling together at that speed. But that’s where Todd found himself. In the drivers seat of a car going 120 down the interstate. “Where are they?” He kept asking his passenger. But no answer came back. Which wasn’t a surprise because the question was rhetorical anyway. In and out, back and forth, they weaved through traffic as if it was standing still. This was dangerous, but so was letting them get away. 
They were getting close to a point where two highways merged. Traffic was getting heavier. Then to the right he saw. There they were, the car they’d been chasing was pulled over alongside the road. They’d been caught. Every door of the sedan was open. Each with a kid standing with arms raised. It was too late to react. At 120, a car pulled over on the shoulder flies by before you can blink. What could they do but just keep going? Hoping to blend back into traffic as unnoticed as possible. The cars they’d been traveling with all sort of dispersed. Traffic was back to normal again.
What was the point of that? He began to question himself. What he risked his life to keep up with, he gave up on in the blink of an eye. Why? Why didn’t he pull over when he saw their objective stopped? He felt like a coward. He wasn’t so scared while he felt in control, but when control escaped out of his hands he lost courage. When trouble was imminent he gave up.

How often is our Christian life a little like this car chase? How often is life like the traffic on a highway? There’s a place we want to get. There’s an objective we’re chasing as if we’re chasing Jesus Himself. We need to keep up with Him. But we refuse to let go of the wheel. We’re in charge. We are even willing to risk our lives, as long as we stay in charge. But when the situation threatens to remove our control, we pass by. Following Jesus can bring trouble. It’s illegal to drive 120 miles an hour on most any interstate; even if we have good reason. And it’s not always advised to break from the norms of life. Society wants us to plot a course. To travel the speed limit. To do what we think is best for ourselves; as long as it doesn’t upset someone else. So we break free of the mold to chase after our Savior. We reject the norms of life, because we want a greater life with a greater purpose. But still we want to remain in control. As if we know better how to avoid the trouble along the way. We forget that we can’t do it on our own with our power. Where we need to be is in that car with Jesus. Even though it means we have no control over our escape. Even though it means that at times it seems like He gets us in trouble. Even though sometimes society catches us and tells us we’re breaking the law. It’s not good enough to chase Him. We need to be with Him. We need to hand control over to Him. Even though it may seem dangerous. We need to be with Him. Because we can never keep up with Him on our own power. We need to be with Him. Because only He knows the way. In fact, He is the Way. Many will chase after Him. We won’t be alone on that chase. We’ll dodge and weave through the traffic of life together. Together, rejecting the norm to follow Jesus. However, fewer are willing to be in the car with Him. Fewer are willing to lose control to Him. Fewer will know Him personally. Are we willing to ditch our ride for His? Are we willing to leave our steering wheels behind and trust in His ability? Are we willing to be pulled over where two paths merge; our’s and Christ’s? With Him there may be trouble. But Him there is no trouble He can’t get us through. Because what is trouble, when with Him heaven awaits.

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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