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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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Pain Of Brokenness

And only You, the Son of man
Can take a leper and let him stand
So lift your hands, they can be held
By someone greeter, the great I Am

Healing rain, it comes with fire
So let it fall and take us higher
Healing rain, I’m not afraid
To be washed in Heaven’s rain

Excerpt from the song Healing Rain by Michael W. Smith

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. - Revelation 21:4

Dichotomy: “a division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Brokenness isn’t easy to see. We weren’t meant to deal with injury. Not easily. It takes a special kind of person to be a first responder to our emergencies. Empathy and compassion call us to respond and at the same time transfer some of the pain to us. There is a tension between the resulting dichotomies of empathy that we can’t sustain on our own. How do we care for the broken people we love without being broken ourselves? How do we work to heal the wounds that are also injurious to us? We can do our best to remove the sympathetic part of our hearts and see our actions as merely a job. But that’s a mask that won’t always be effective. We can ignore the hurts and pain. But soon they will effect us too. It’s only through God that we can find true healing. Healing through and in us. We are called to be servants. Not only of God, but of our world too. We cannot and should not ignore the brokenness around us. We should work to heal it. But we know too, that we cannot eliminate it. It will persist no matter what we do. And it will wound no matter how many we heal. We will be affected. But we can also find healing. The ultimate healing can only be found in His Son Jesus Christ. Who was wounded for us. Who is sorrowful for us. Who died on a cross for us. It’s only through His love that we can look forward to a future where all will be healed and well. It’s only through Him that we have a hope without accidents, tragedy, and loss. It’s only through Jesus that we can say that one day, “There will be no pain.”
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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