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, September 9, 2014

Where's The Point?

“To change what you get you must change who you are.” - Vernon Howard

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. - Hebrews 4:12

Soul: “the immaterial essence, animating principle, or actuating cause of an individual life” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Spirit: “an animating or vital principle held to give life to physical organisms” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Who knows where the soul stops and the spirit starts? Who even knows how to define exactly what our spirit and soul is? I know the Merriam-Webster Dictionary can’t. Otherwise there wouldn’t be so many different definitions trying to capture what it could possibly mean to every person who looks for their definition. But God knows the difference. And He gave us His word and told us it can separate the two. He created us and knows or greatest potential and deepest stumbling. He is able to save despite our shortcomings. He knows our abilities and uses them according to His purpose. He meets us where we are and guides us to where He wants us to be. He is utterly capable of transforming us into what He wants us to be. But too often we don’t trust Him. As Christians we often put a label on ourselves, as if to name the ingredients that have to be in any Christian, or even potential Christian. Labels like, “good,” or “honest,” or even “wise.” We say, “Come as you are,” then fail to reach out to the people we don’t know how to justify. We can understand a person who lies. We get that people fail in their marriages. We can even understand theft. Why? Because we identify with those types of temptations and we understand how they can be beaten, that God can take those desires away. But too often we reject people with different types of temptations and assume for some reason God can’t work those things out. We essentially refuse to do God’s work in their lives. Like the sign at the County Fair that says, “Must be this tall to ride” we put up signs in our lives and in front of our churches that say, “Must be this good to participate.” God has no such sign. When we force Christianity’s rules on someone before they can accept Christ, what is the point? Doesn’t that destroy Christ’s role? God is able to save. Like an axe separates the fibers of wood and splits apart piece by piece, God’s love is able to change, separating a person from their weaknesses, bit by bit. Imagine trying to split a round of firewood with a sledge-hammer. It would never happen. But that’s what we often do as believers. As if the church is the hammer of God; every dogma, belief, and value is stored up on the face of the sledge. Then we swing away. Where’s the love? Gone... But love is the ingredient that penetrates; love is what turns a hammer into an axe, a rod into a spear. Love must be the sharp point of our encounters with others. God’s love is able to drive a wedge into the hearts of sinners, in all our hearts. It is able to tear away the faults from life. And it’s the only thing that makes sense of the values of God. Without love, evangelism is as useless as a sledgehammer trying to do an axe’s job. Without love, our efforts for others will be mangled. Without love, there’s no point. Let love, let Christ be the point.

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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