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 16, 2014

Want To Make A Difference?

“Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” - Soren Kierkegaard

“You have heard that it it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the on the unjust.” - Jesus - Matthew 5:43-45

Revile: “criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Want to know a sure way to make a difference? Want to have an influence for good? Want to feel like life is worth living? PRAY! It all starts with prayer. And I’m not just talking about praying for God to help you make a difference. I’m talking about praying for a difference to be made. Something is changed through prayer. I don’t know how it works, but it does. Have someone you really can’t stand? Pray for them and see how it changes your feelings. I don’t care how vile that person might be, pray for them. I’m not saying criminals shouldn’t be punished, or that evil should be rewarded; I’m saying that everyone needs prayer. If not for them, for us. Think of the person in this world you revile in your heart the most. Now earnestly and honestly pray for them, and see how it makes you feel. Prayer puts this life into a little bit of perspective. We don’t have to hate each other. We don’t have to form up teams of humanity to fight one another. We don’t have to keep living this way; you on one team and I on the other, laying down our gauntlets and truths, ready to fight to see who wins. No, we can love one another as God loves us. Not with the same honesty and intensity, but in the same spirit. We can love without conditions, like Him. But I’ve found that, that love can only come through prayer. Prayer gives us proper perspective. When we pray, we realize we’re all in this same boat together. When we pray, we realize that, as bad as some people are, we can simply hope to see a change them; and that maybe our prayer made a little difference. Prayer is our way of entering the struggle of life and death. It’s our way of joining in the team of life, fighting death itself. Every sort of death. Want to make a difference? Get down on your knees and pray.  

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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