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 11, 2011

Who Knows What's Going On?

“Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable.”  C.S. Lewis
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.  Deuteronomy 29:29
Quandary:  “a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation”  New Oxford American Dictionary
When describing why he decided to leave a big secure company like Xerox, to work for an upstart software company called Microsoft, Charles Simonyi stated.  “[Xerox was] an old company in an old industry going downhill, walking in the dark.  It’s not that they didn’t know the answers.  That’s normal.  But they didn’t know the questions.”  I’m an aircraft mechanic and one time after a flight, a pilot attempted to describe to me a problem he was having with a particular jet.  He said that after a few minutes of flight he noticed that one of the tanks had less fuel in it than what seemed normal.  He described the problem as if that tank fed out more quickly while the other tanks took longer.  So with that in mind I proceeded down a path to solve the problem of trapped fuel in the other tanks.  Sure enough, with the help of a few others, I thought we found the problem and fixed it.  The next time a pilot was getting ready to fly that jet, he noticed shortly after startup that the fuel tank in question was low on fuel.  The problem I was trying to fix wasn’t the problem after all.  The problem wasn’t that fuel was trapped in the other tanks during flight as I had originally suspected, it was that on refuel, that tank was not filling.  The original pilot I talked to had not noticed that he took off with a jet that was low on fuel.  Once I knew the real problem, I could easily diagnose and fix it.  But in trying to find the problem I failed to ask the right questions, as a result, I tried to fix a problem that didn’t exist.  Answering the wrong question correctly gets us no further than answering the right question incorrectly.  We’re all gonna have problems in life, problems where the solution is difficult to find.  But before we give up, let’s re examine the problem.  It may be, the problem is something different than the one we’re trying to solve.  And let’s never forget, we have a God that not only knows all the answers, but also the real problems, and He is always willing to help.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone today?
  2. What act of kindness did I perform today?
  3. What did I learn today?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  6. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you for reading.

1 comment:

  1. Jake,
    I appreciate what you shared in this post about problem solving. It was a great analogy of how we can often try to solve a problem when we don't always know the root of the problem. I find journal writing to be a great place to start when attempting to solve a problem, especially when we ask the right questions.
    I like to journal prompt list you provide; it gives a great incentive to get a good entry going that has purpose.

    I have chosen your post, Who Knows What's Going On?, for the #JournalChat Pick of the Day on 7/12/11 for all things journaling on Twitter. I will post a link on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and my blog Refresh with Dawn Herring. It will also be highlighted in Refresh Journal which you can sign up for here:
    I host #JournalChat Live on Twitter for all things journaling on Thursdays at 4 p.m. CST/2 PST; you're welcome to join us!

    Thanks again for providing a life analogy for problem solving and for the great journaling prompts to get us started.

    Be refreshed,
    Dawn Herring
    JournalWriter Freelance
    Host of #JournalChat Live and Links Edition