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 3, 2014

Overarching Law

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” - Jesus - Matthew 22:37-39

I will praise you with an upright heart, when I learn your righteous rules. - Psalm 119:7

Rule: “a principle that operates within a particular sphere of knowledge, describing or prescribing what is possible or allowable” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Look up success and rules and you’ll likely find that many people think that success comes from breaking all the rules. Common wisdom says that we should make our own rules on our paths to achievement. I think that tells a lot about the rules of people. We can’t quite get it right can we? Every law we make needs to be broken to accommodate everyone. No law we write can be fairly applied to everybody. That’s because people can’t write a law that says, “Love everyone.” No, we have to write laws that pertain to the results of love, hate, and disregard. We have to write laws like, “Theft will be punished by jail time.” I know, one of the Ten Commandments is, “Thou shall not steal” and that the Ten Commandments are laws of God. However, Jesus told of a greater law than the Ten Commandments given on Sinai. He spoke of the law of love. The law that supersedes and originates all other laws. The law that can be found in a heart, not an action. All the rules, all the statutes and laws, they only begin to make sense when we know their overarching motivation. Sadly, many of our laws have no motivation. Many aren’t based on the greatest commandment; to love. But that doesn’t need to stop us from keeping that greatest law. When we learn that one. When we are able to carry it out. We will be able to truly praise with an upright heart. We must keep the just laws of the land. Jesus taught that. But we must have love in our hearts, because it is the greatest law. Today, look at the world through the lens of that law. How should we treat others based on it? What mistakes are we making because we don’t observe it? Too often we choose our favorite rules based on who or what we like. Too often love doesn’t have anything to do with our laws. Love is the central command. Is it the commanding rule in our lives? 

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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