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, August 20, 2014

Beyond Compare

“When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn’t the old home you missed, but your childhood.” - Sam Ewing

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” - Jesus - John 14:1-3

Home: “a place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates” - New Oxford American Dictionary

If you look up into the sky at the right time from where I live, you can sometimes see airplanes turning on their landing lights for their approach into Portland International Airport. I can hear, in my imagination, the landing gear coming down. The flaps lowering. The wind buffeting around the aircraft as it slows, preparing to carry precious cargo in to land. I love approaching home. There’s no feeling like coming in to land when you’ve been gone for longer than you want. I love my home and have yet to be anywhere that I wanted to stay, other than home. I know home. It’s comfortable. It’s where I have friends, and dogs, a house, and a cat. Family is at home. However, I love visiting too. I love seeing different parts of the world. Enjoying the entirety of what God made for us on this planet. It’s exciting to see how other people and cultures live. What they value in life and what they like. Without a world with people spread out all over it, we wouldn’t have the variety of foods we love today. We would’t be able to enjoy the sounds of different languages. Some romantic, some not. We wouldn’t be able to enjoy the vast stretches of grassland that dot the world. Nor would distant mountain ranges excite our exploring imaginations. But despite all the beauty found in the variety of this world, home is still where I want to be. It’s where I want to end up, every time I’m away. Sadly, we don’t all have homes. For some, coming “home” means a cardboard box when it’s hot, and a dumpster when it’s cold. For some, home means struggle and misery every day. Home is just a place they’re from, instead of a place they love. It’s a place they know, but where few know them. The good news is that there is a greater hope, a greater home than what we know today. Whether the place we call home is an alley behind a strip mall, or a mansion on a hill, there’s a home greater still. A place where everyone knows our name. Where our heavenly Father loves us more than any other. A place where sadness… Every where we go in this life, hurt can find us. Home may be where the heart is for some of us. But what about when that heart is broken? Wherever we may be, that heavenly home offers hope through Jesus Christ. It offers rest in the Saviors arms. It offers comfort beyond compare. And love we’ve yet to know. Is your heart there? Can you say it’s where you look forward to being? I pray we all get to know that place, that home, that is better than anything we’ve ever known; that place beyond compare. 

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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