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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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

True Thoughts

“I am the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” - Jesus Christ - John 14:6

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

True: “in accordance with fact or reality” - New Oxford American Dictionary

What is truth? What does it mean to be true? In human terms, we might as well answer the question with the adverb regarding a vague character trait, like… “He was a true believer.” Humanly speaking, can anything be proven true? One of the first things my teacher taught in General Chemistry was that scientifically speaking, there’s no such thing as a fact. I know we hear scientists on the news talk about “facts” all the time, but generally speaking, they’re trying to push a position by using strong language. Science likes to use a scientific model. Hypothesis are proposed and tests are done to try to disprove them. After so many tests a model is developed and sometimes we call a model truth. Like the model of gravity that predicts an apple will fall from a tree when it’s stem breaks. But even still, we know very little about gravity, scientifically. We’re not even sure what causes it to exist, or if it can be manipulated. Truth is a funny thing. It’s almost impossible to know. So how do we think on it? How can our lives be benefited by concentrating on the truth? The answer lies in what we view truth as being. This world’s truths will always disappoint. However, there is a Truth that can bring life. There is a Truth that created all other truth. John 1:17b says, “Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” Psalm 18:30 says, “This God—His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.” John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Later in the same chapter, in verse 14 John says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” As with everything, we have but a glimpse of truth in this life. We have representations of it in our scientific models and our claims. But our perspective is skewed so that it is at best a vagary. When we look to our Savior Jesus Christ, we see what Truth really is. What it really can be. We can have a hope through our faith in Him. A hope for salvation from every suffering. A hope for a future. When we look to the smiling face of our Savior, we are looking at Truth. We can’t understand it fully, but something about it makes a difference when we think on Him. Think about Jesus and see what a difference He can make.

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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