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 30, 2014

Honorable Thoughts

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, HONOR, duty, mercy, hope.” - Winston Churchill

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is HONORABLE, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. - Philippians 4:8

Honor: “regard with great respect” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Honor is always something given. It can never be taken. Take for example, the story of Hannah, found in first Samuel chapters one and two in the Bible. She longed for a baby more than anything. Her heart broke because of their struggles to reproduce. At one point her husband asked her, “Hannah, why do you weep? And why do you not eat? And why is your heart sad? Am I not more to you than ten sons?” - 1 Samuel 1:8 There is something about not being able to have a child that can tear at a woman. Unless you’ve experienced it, it’s a feeling that can’t be quite understood. And so Hannah prayed and promised God saying, “O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” - 1 Samuel 1:11 As she prayed the high priest Eli watched her. The Bible says she was in distress and wept bitterly. This wasn’t one of those prayers prayed with a little hope, like a wish with penny tossed in a fountain. This was one of those prayers cried in pleading to God. She was in such a mess that Eli thought she was drunk and asked her to leave. But after hearing her story, Eli said to her, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to Him.” - 1 Samuel 1:17 After that, the Bible says Hannah and her family went home, “And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, ‘I have asked for him from the LORD.’” - 1 Samuel 1:20 But that’s just the beginning of the story. Hannah didn’t forget about her promise to God. She honored it and gave Samuel to back to the Lord. Later in his life, Samuel would become a great prophet for God to Israel. He would anoint King Saul and King David. He would become a catalyst for the coming of Christ. So what does all this have to do with thinking about honor? Out of this the Bible records Hannah’s prayer of gratitude back to God. Want to think about something honorable. Think about her words.

“My heart exults in the LORD;  
my horn is exalted in the LORD.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.

There is none holy like the LORD:
for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly,
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
and by Him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind in strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The LORD kills and brings to life;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and He exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of HONOR.
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s,
and on them He has set the world.

He will guard the feet of His faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall a man prevail.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
against them He will thunder in heaven.
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
He will give strength to His king
and exalt the horn of His anointed.”
- 1 Samuel 2:1-10

We all go through times when honor seems a long way off. When it seems like we’re missing the spark of life. Sometimes it’s hard to see anything honorable in this world. We turn on the news and all we see is children dying. “For God so loved the world, that He age His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 And then there’s that spark again.There’s that spark because with Jesus there is hope. Want to feel honored? Want to see something honorable? Focus on Him who is of greatest honor. Live for Him! Think on Him. “But we see Him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” - Hebrews 2:9

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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