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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Friday, August 1, 2014

Pure Thoughts

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” - Jesus - Matthew 5:8

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

Pure: "free of any contamination" - New Oxford American Dictionary

Perhaps you've heard the term "Pure Hitter." It's a term used in baseball to describe, basically, an effective hitter. Guys like Derek Jeter, Ty Cobb, and Tony Gwynn belong to the club of pure hitters. Not necessarily the most powerful guys, but consistently on base and highly effective. They don't compromise their swing in an attempt to hit more homers. They're concerned with putting the bat on the ball and getting on base. They work for a purpose more than an applause. Are we pure in our lives? Are our thoughts pure? Or are our lives contaminated with things we don't need? Are we more concerned with success than significance? Do we want to have fun more than we want joy in our lives? Of course we're all contaminated. We all struggle with purity. We all fall short of our greatest potential of effectiveness. It's called humanity. That’s why King David wrote, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10 He wrote that after thoroughly corrupting his life. After having an affair with the woman next door, getting her pregnant, and then having her husband killed. Wherever you’re at, whatever you’ve done, God can clean you, He can purify you. Through the blood of Jesus our sins are paid for, and their record goes away. This is what God says to us of our impurity. “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” - Isaiah 1:18 That’s the good news of the Gospel for you and me. That while we’ve corrupted our lives and removed all purity from them; God loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us, so that we can be pure again. Thinking of purity, we can have hope again.

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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