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, June 10, 2014

The Gospel - Declassified

“God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in flowers and clouds and stars.” - Martin Luther

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. - Galatians 6:9

Wrought: “deeply stirred” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

In the U.S. Government, there are three official non-public document and information classifications: Confidential, Secret, and Top Secret. Each limiting information to a smaller and smaller audience. Within these classifications are also need to know limits. For example, just because a person may have a Secret security clearance does not mean they have access to all the Secret information in the United States Government. They also need to know the information. I wonder what classification the Gospel has. Jesus told His disciples to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation.” - Mark 16:15b Still, I wonder if we stamp a “Need to Know” classification on the Gospel in our hearts. Do we proclaim the Gospel to the whole creation? Are we willing to do something like that? And if so, how? I would guess that most of us take that verse to mean we need to tell everyone we can about how Jesus died for us. And that may be true. However, there is a whole lot more to creation than people; and Jesus said to proclaim the Gospel to, “The whole creation.” That would mean to me that all the plants, animals, and people need the Gospel. But how do you proclaim the Gospel to a bush? The answer is in how we live. So much of the Gospel can be proclaimed through our lives. The Gospel is all about love; and we all know that love is not always best communicated through words, but through actions. We proclaim the Gospel through the totality of our lives and being, in that everything we do is wrought with love. That means we take care of the creation we’ve been given. We sustain it through our actions. We preserve it in our motivations. We love it with our hearts, not just our words. Let’s forget about politics and agendas. There are some it seems, who would destroy all of creation just to fight a liberal. And there are others it seems, who would kill every oil worker just to fight a conservative. Certainly God gave us resources to use on this earth. But with everything God gives, there is a test. The question is how we respond to the conundrum. No, we can’t stop all pollution, but we can reduce it. I don’t believe we should stop using all oil, but we should use it wisely. In all these decisions, the Gospel is available. What if we used the Gospel in everything we did? What if we sought to spread the Gospel in all our actions? What if the good news of Jesus affected everything? How different could this world be?

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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