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, July 14, 2014

The Lifter

“The green eyes, you’re the one that I wanted to find
And anyone who tried to deny you, must be out of their mind
Because I came here with a load
And it feels so much lighter since I met you
Honey you should know
That I could never go on without you…

Honey you are a rock 
Upon which I stand”

- Excerpt from the song Green Eyes by Cold Play

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” - Jesus - Matthew 11:29

Gentle: “mild in temperament or behavior; kind or tender” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Are we gentle with souls? Could we say that we are like Christ in our hearts? Lowly and gentle, giving rest. For many of us probably not, unfortunately.  For me, definitely not. Gentleness, lowliness, they’re hard for our humanity to hold onto. We love the idea, but the practice is out of reach. What about the person who cuts in line, the one honking to get by in traffic, the people you see who care less about anyone else as long as they get their way? Can we be gentle with them? The irony is that many of those people who seem to deserve the harshest of treatment need the gentlest of touches. What did Christ say? “Turn the other cheek.” But how hard that is. Kindness is one of the hardest things we’ll ever try to accomplish. Especially to those who we don’t think deserve it. It has to be fought and struggled for. Isn’t it funny that we have to fight for gentleness. For some of us it’s the hardest fight we’ll ever wage. It’s an internal struggle we all have to deal with. However, let’s all remember that there is help in the fight. Christ promised the Holy Spirit to be with us, to intercede in prayer for us. Ask for it, it will make a difference. In fact, I believe it’s the only way to effectively follow Jesus. It’s a burden, but it is lifted by His grace. It’s a load, but it’s made so much lighter with Him. We can go on when we make Him the Rock upon which we stand.

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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