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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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Thoughts

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

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

Just: “based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Think about the words of Martin Luther King Jr. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” I wonder why we have so much injustice in our society? Why people commit it, allow it, and condone it? Maybe it’s because we have injustice in our minds. Maybe it’s because of the injustice in our minds that we destroy justice in our world. The mere presence of injustice means that a punitive system of law has to exist in order to protect what is good and just. Being just, God gave us will. In His perfect creation He created choice as well. In the beginning of mankind there was one rule. Choose God, or choose otherwise. God created in the garden of Eden the tree of knowledge of good and evil, but there was a rule attached to it. The first rule recorded. The Bible says God commanded man, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but the tree of knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” - Genesis 2:16-17 Of course you know what happened… We’ve been dying ever since. The world is no longer perfect. We have the knowledge of good and evil and we have to live with it. But justice is a guard for what is good. Justice means punishment for what is wrong and joy in what is good. Justice means that while we have to pay the price for our shortcomings and mistakes we can can also reap the reward of what Christ did for us on the cross in His ultimate act of goodness. Because of Christ Paul could write in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As much as we want to, we can’t undo the first sin. We can’t even eradicate injustice from our minds. So there will always be a cost to our lives because of it. Thank God Martin Luther King Jr.’s words ring a little hollow because of His system of justice. A system where Christ paid the price and we enjoy His reward through simple faith. But faith in Him does not lead us to take advantage. Rather, it causes us to enjoy, emulate, and love. It, more than anything else, chases the injustice from our minds and gives us a desire to think on what is just and good. There is a pattern to Philippians 4:8 building. Can you see it? The zenith of all our thoughts should be Christ. The founder of truth, of honor, of justness, of purity, of love, of everything that is commendable and excellent. He’s not just another person, He’s justice divine.

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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