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, July 23, 2014

Entrepreneur For Christ

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” - Mark Twain

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and He saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And He said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their  abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” - Luke 21:1-4

Entrepreneur: “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over the cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’” Christ intends us to be entrepreneurs for Him. He expects us to risk everything for His cause. That’s the point of this parable He told that I just recounted from Luke 19:11-27. He’s given us all some of His minas. What will we do with them? Will we drop them into His service like the poor widow her last two coins? Notice that the servant who ended up with ten minas did not start out with more than any of the others. He started out with one, just like the servant who ended up with his one taken away. The difference is that he chose to risk his minas for a greater return. He chose to be an entrepreneur for his master. It’s easy to hold onto our blessings. To keep them safe and sound. Wrapped up and buried away where we think nothing can get to them. That’s not God’s intention for His blessings on us. He intends us to put them to risk. To leverage them for His account. To invest them for His gain. What do we have that could be used for a greater gain? How could our home become a tool for the Kingdom of God? How could our car bring a soul to Christ? I don’t ask flippantly, like they can’t. Everything we have can be used for good. We don't have to get rid of what we have, rather we are to invest it. Maybe that does mean we should sell some things in order to give more. Maybe that means we should open our house up to a Bible study. Maybe that means we use our car to transport some kids to a youth group. The possibilities for the Lord are endless when we choose to see our things as investments, rather than treasures. What did Jesus say? “Store up your treasures in Heaven.” Right. So why do we store them for ourselves here. They’re only going to rot away. Then what will we be left with? Nothing. Invest, invest, invest. Invest in the Kingdom of God. Use what you have, everything you have, for Him, and see what reward can come.

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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