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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Monday, June 30, 2014

Being King

“It’s good to be king and have your own way
Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day”
- Excerpt from the song It’s Good To Be King by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to [give] the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. [We are] troubled on every side, yet not distressed; [we are] perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:6-10

Refuge: “a condition of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble” - New Oxford American Dictionary

There’s a funny thing about being a king. You rarely get your own way. Every problem of the world comes with being king. The truth is, even the pauper often has more freedom than a king. With responsibility comes, well, responsibility. “Be careful what you wish for.” So many have said. Kingship isn’t always so good. What we don’t always realize is that we all have opportunities to be kings and queens. We all have the ability to set up our own little empires in life where we control the comings and goings and happenings within. Be it Sunday morning breakfast, or nighttime feedings, there are always little opportunities to be in charge. Are we gracious with our charges? Do we protect our realms with justice? Do we even realize our kingship? If so, where is our castle, and of what is it made? Is there a place you can go where you are protected? Because you will be attacked. We all come under attack when we try to do good. We need a fortress and an army to help us fight through. Often resistance is greatest on the right road. Don’t let the attacks stop you from doing what’s right. You’ll be asked to sit down and close your mouth whenever you stand up to help and encourage. You be beaten back and bruised whenever you press forward to heal a wound. You’ll be bent with sorrow every time you reach out to cheer another heart. So often I’ve found refuge in the room of a church. So often I’ve felt comfort in the words of praise in song. So often I’ve felt safe in the presence of a worshiping congregation. Somehow resistance couldn’t find me there. Somehow the devil couldn’t touch. Somehow I’ve found safety in the arms of the Savior in His church. If you’re feeling discouraged. If you don’t know what to do with all these responsibilities and weights. If you are about to sit down and give up. Step into His presence. We don’t really have the ability to be kings and queens by ourselves anyway. We’re better off casting our crowns at His feet. The responsibilities will stay, but King Jesus will be Lord. And what better Lord to have than one who’s willing to die to be our Savior as well? Tom Petty was wrong. It’s not so good being king. But nothing could be better than having Christ as Lord and Savior.

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,


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