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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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ya Gotta Get Dedicated


“Dedication is not what others expect of you, it is what you can give to others.”  Author Unknown
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.   Psalm 139:15-16
Christen:  "to name or dedicate (as a ship) by a ceremony suggestive of baptism"  Merriam-Webster Dictionary 
Throughout our lives we see the christening and dedicating of multitudes of things, sometimes even humans.  There's a reason, dedicating something immediately places value on it because it makes its purpose known and understood.  The object dedicated becomes a tool for the purpose it is intended for.  If dump trucks weren't dedicated to hauling dirt and gravel they would stop being useful and become wasteful hulks of steel menacing the streets and highways.  If ships weren't dedicated to crossing oceans and seas they would rust in port and waste away towards ruin.  In the same way, if we're not dedicated for a purpose, a part of us is being wasted. Just as engineers create machines for a purpose and industries dedicate them towards it; God designed and created us for a purpose, but it is our job to dedicate ourselves to it.  Let’s get dedicated.
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?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Opportunities of Imagination


"No great man ever complains of want of opportunities."  Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.  Matthew 7:7-8
Tenure:  "the act, right, manner, or term of holding something"  Merriam-Webster Dictionary 
Not many ever imagine or dream of a world worse than the status quo.  Imagination most often creates dreams of a future full of opportunities and advantages greater than what they currently are.  When we were kids our imaginations were boundless, we dreamt of walking in space, exploring the unknown, and diving to the deepest parts of the oceans.  But as we grew older, and our dreams were systematically smashed by so called “realities,” we forgot to dream and our imaginations began to dwindle.  For those whose imaginations remain active the world still seems to be captive. “ After all,” they might say, “Imagination created automobiles, lightbulbs, and airplanes.  Men and women have walked in space, explored the intricacies of the atomic structure, and dove to great depths because of it.”  And those who would say that are right.  Imagination has always been the driver of innovation, and I think it’s about time we begin to use it for motivation.  Let's hold on to our imaginations for dear life and see what opportunities they can afford us.  And remember, through Christ we have an everlasting tenure to a place greater than the greatest imagination can conjure. 
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.
Jake

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Have a Song


"Those who wish to sing always find a song." Swedish Proverb
Cast your burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain you: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22
Chuffed:  "quite pleased"  Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Smiling is much better than scowling, and singing is much better than yelling.  So why do we find ourselves frowning and yelling at times?  Yes, there are things that insight justifiable anger and outbursts, but so much of the time we find ourselves unhappy with no discernible reason. We gather possessions and don't find happiness, plunge into desired relationships without finding satisfaction, and sometimes even give to charity without finding peace of mind.  I believe so much of our loathing comes from self indulgence, or the idea that we can provide for our spirits as well as bodies. We forget we have a loving God that set aside His Holy Spirit to tend our souls. Nothing we can do can replace what He can achieve in our hearts. When we don't have a song, He has one, when we don't have desire, He can plant it, when we don’t have peace of mind, He can sooth our souls.  With Him, we can rest assured of many songs to be sung. 
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.
Jake

Monday, September 26, 2011

No Supposition


““Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn't know what it was called.” A.A. Milne

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, Hebrews 12:28

Supposition: “an uncertain belief” New Oxford American Dictionary

How exciting is having the knowledge of our future with God? I'm so contented knowing that God will work in my life to make it better than I can imagine. It is no supposition of mine that God has a better future in mind for us than we can fathom, I am certain of it because of what I have seen God provide in my life and the lives of those who ask Him for His blessings. I'm reminded of how much of Philadelphia’s Temple Baptist Church and Temple University was funded by the inspiring gift of 57 cents by a little girl who couldn't afford any more. Her gift, like the widow's gift in Mark 12:41-44, while small in amount, was larger in impact than the fantastic amounts given by many wealthy people. God has the ability to bless even the smallest tokens through inspiration and providence. I can't count how many times I've seen God's blessings grow from the most unexpected places. We can't know exactly what blessings will come since we don't have the knowledge to know exactly what is best for us, but if we ask God for His blessings and then watch for providences in our lives, we are sure to see them.

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 so much for reading.
Jake


Thursday, September 22, 2011

The World's Stewards


The greatness of a nation and its moral progress, can be judged by the way it's animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi

Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

Disdain: “the feeling that someone or something is unworthy of one's consideration or respect” New Oxford American Dictionary

I actually heard this quote from Cesar Millan the Dog Whisperer and I think there's a lot of wisdom in it. Animals for the most part are pretty helpless to the whims of humans. And if we choose to abuse the helpless what does that say about us. I'm not encouraging anyone to stop hunting or eating meat, certainly the Bible is full of people who hunted, fished, and ate meat; Jesus being one of them. But we should have respect for God's creation and do our best to see the beauty He created for us. When we show disdain for what God has given to us as a gift, isn't it in affect showing disdain for Him as well? The Lord gave Adam charge over His creation and we still have that responsibility, lets be the best stewards of God's creation we can be. In doing so, I know we will be rewarded with much more than what we sacrifice.

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 so much for reading.
Jake

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Judgement... Renounced


We can never judge the lives of others, because each person knows only their own pain and renunciation. It's one thing to feel that you are on the right path, but it's another to think that yours is the only path.” Paulo Coelho

Moreover, stop judging, and you will by no means be judged; and stop condemning, and you will by no means be condemned. Keep on releasing, and you will be released. Luke 6:37

Renunciation: “the formal rejection of something, typically a belief, claim, or course of action” New Oxford American Dictionary

Unfortunately people have a tendency to see the differences in each other. That characteristic combined with the fact that no two people are the same, often creates conflict. What if we could look past our differences and disagreements and see people for who they are, what they've gone through, and the extenuating circumstances that are shaping their view of the world? What if we could see our actions through the viewpoint of others? What if we tried to improve upon ourselves instead of justifying our faults by finding faults in others? If we did all these things, there is no doubt in my mind, (and I think you would agree) many of the conflicts and hurt in the world would be eliminated. Let's try to see the world from more than our selfish viewpoint, renounce conflict based on misunderstandings, and change the world around us for the better.

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 so much for reading.
Jake

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

No Greater Love


"Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can."  John Wesley

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Good: “that can be relied on” Merriam-Webster

I thought about [my job], what I would do before I bled out. That I would change the world in those three minutes, I’d do everything I could to get my guys out safely before I died.” That was Staff Sergeant Robert Gutierrez' response when he was asked by Michael Auslin, of Fox News, what he thought about after realizing he would probably die. It was during a seven hour firefight in Afghanistan when Sgt Gutierrez, an Air Force combat controller, was shot in the chest. Despite entry and exit wounds the size of a baseball, multiple broken ribs, and a collapsing lung, Sgt Gutierrez refused to leave the fight. Only after he lost the ability to breath effectively did he call a medic for help. When the medic tried to remove his vest, Sgt Gutierrez resisted, realizing that he was the groups only chance of survival, and insisted on keeping his vest on so that he would be able to communicate with the aircraft he was using to call in ground strikes on their enemy. As a result, without any anesthetic, the medic had to inject a seven inch syringe into his side and into his lung to re-inflate it. Meanwhile, the Taliban fighters fought to within 10 yards of their position. Sgt Gutierrez knew he had to do something to get the others to safety. As he faded in and out of consciousness, he simultaneously directed A-10 gun strikes on the Taliban fighters, called in air rescue support for his companions, and directed the others where to be picked up. The gun strikes he called in were so closed that they blew out his own eardrums, but after three passes, they successfully silenced the Taliban fighters. After that, Sgt Gutierrez suffered another collapsed lung and finally passed out. He had lost half the blood in his body, but was rescued in time for his life to be saved. As a result of Sgt Gutierrez' actions that day, no Americans lost their lives. I think it's safe to say, most of us would have given up and sought rescue after being shot, but Sgt Gutierrez disregarded his own life for the sake of others. Fully expecting to die, he sought medical attention, not to save his life, but to extend it long enough to save the lives of the others. Let's be thankful there are people in this world like Sgt Gutierrez, who are ready and willing to die for the sake of others. He exemplified the US Air Force Core Values of, “Integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.” We may never be called to give our life, but we all have the ability to live to the standards of those core values. I challenge us all to start right now.

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?
This message was written referencing articles about Sgt Gutierrez by the Air Force Times and Fox News. As always, thank you for reading.
Jake

Monday, September 19, 2011

Let God be the Judge


Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself.” Harvey Fierstein

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace. Ephesians 1:7

Righteous: “(of a person or conduct) morally right or justifiable” New Oxford American Dictionary

How many times have you turned on the TV or opened a magazine to see a celebrity, politician, or businessman completely vilified because of a mistake they made? Now how many times have you been in a situation where you acted foolishly and your mistakes were magnified to make you feel like a horrible person? I'm not saying faults or wrongdoings should be dismissed and automatically forgotten, but for those of you who are like me and have made mistakes, don't let the judgements of your peers determine who you are and what you will become. It makes no difference what you've done, it is up to you what you will become. God holds the power to determine your righteousness, not you, or anyone else. We may pay the price for wrongdoings on earth with our physical bodies, but our souls belong to God, and isn't it our souls that matters most? Let's let God be the judge.

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?
Thanks for reading, you always make my day.
Jake


Thursday, September 15, 2011

Delectation's Source


Becoming suddenly aware of the miracle of being alive can turn what we call ordinary life into a miracle.” Dan Wakefield

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song. Psalm 28:7

Delectation: “delight, enjoyment” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Nothing makes my everyday life seem better than being away from it. I know we're all on different paths and some people's everyday lives are better than others. But I think everyone has something they can be thankful for, but take for granted, be it a home, a loved one, or a peaceful place to sit and think. It's so easy to forget about the things that bring joy to our lives. Recently I had to go on a two week work trip, it wasn't hard or miserable, but I still missed so many of the delectations I've built my life around. My wife, my dogs, and simple home made meals are just a few of those things. Believe me, I was eating well, but to me, a home made meal with my family is better than what any restaurant or Michelin Star chef can prepare. That said, nothing and no one can take away the one source, the original source of delectation. God will always be there for us, always provide us with inner peace if seek Him. I've heard countless stories of people finding joy at their lowest points simply by crying out to God. Just Google the story of the song “It is Well with My Soul.” I'm so thankful we have a loving creator and all powerful friend in God.

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 so much for reading.
Jake

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The Failures of Success


“Success is 10 percent inspiration and 90 percent perspiration.” Thomas Alva Edison

“Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a temple as a sanctuary. Be strong and do the work.” 1 Chronicles 28:10 (NIV)

Sanctuary: “a consecrated place” Merriam-Webster

Thomas Edison and Louis Lattimer failed some 10,000 times in their attempt to improve the lightbulb into a useful appliance. But every so called failure they experienced was no failure at all. Rather their failures were successful indicators of how not to produce an electric light bulb. As I've heard others say, Edison and all his counterparts “failed their way to success.” Too many times we give up way too soon. One, two, or even 10,000 failures don't make something impossible, in fact they only serve to make something more possible through the process of elimination. I think we would all do well to be able to embrace failures as opportunities instead of barriers. I know, there are some things in life where failure isn't really an option. Luckily, on that matters that really matter, we have a loving heavenly Father who's given us a Bible and a Holy Spirit that can help us to avoid, overcome, and recover from life's “serious” failures. Let's do our best to succeed at whatever we do, but let's also remember that success doesn't always look successful.

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 so much for reading.
Jake

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Sky's Always Blue


The rays of happiness, like those of light, are colorless when unbroken.” 
Henry W. Longfellow“

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11

Assurance: “a positive declaration intended to give confidence; a promise” New Oxford American Dictionary

As I was flying home yesterday I was looking out the window of the airplane. Being fall, most of the ground was obscured by clouds. As I was flying over the clouds I noticed as I'm sure many of you have, that the sky is so beautiful above the clouds. It got me thinking about life, in life we all go through rough patches where happiness seems scarce. But we have an assurance from God that, like the text says, He has good plans for us. Those rough patches are like the clouds that cover the sun, they're temporary. There's always a beautiful sky waiting for us when they pass. Even when life itself is a struggle, we know God is waiting to take us home with Him, waiting to take us to a home where clouds can never blot out the sun.

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.
Jake

Be Patient... WIth Yourself


Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them, every day begin the task anew. “ Saint Francis De Sales

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land. Psalm 37:7-9

Patience: “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset” New Oxford American Dictionary

How many people do you know strive for perfection? A lot of us do, and all of us fail. Just like a car that needs to have it's oil changed and filled up with gas, God is there for us, to repair, maintain and improve us. All we have to do is ask for His help. Too many times people give up trying to become better people, because no matter how hard they try, they cannot abstain from sin. The truth is that none of us can, we are all sinners and pre-disposed to sinning. Non of us are, ever have been, or ever will be perfect in our thoughts or actions. But we can be perfect through Christ who died to wipe away all of our sins. So instead of giving up completely on righteousness, let's understand our own nature and realize we are going to make mistakes, but that God sent his Son to die for us because He knew we would. He's up there right now checking us for imperfections and just waiting for us to ask Him to remove them. Let's ask.

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?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Win WIn Losing Proposition


“Any moment is a great moment.”  (old New York Yankee slogan)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
Vie:  “compete eagerly with someone in order to do or achieve something”  New Oxford American Dictionary
The dreaded bottleneck, you know, when two or three lanes of a highway constrict to one or two.  There always seems to be a race to get to the front.  Well, I found myself in a bottleneck situation on my way home one night, right beside me was a car going for the same lane as I.  I had a choice to make, either step on the gas or tap on the brake.  One of us was going to end up in front of the other, there were no two ways about it.  As I took a second to contemplate, I decided to let the other motorist take the lead.  A little ways down the road I began to think about what the real consequences of my actions were.  Sure, I know either way what I did was in no way consequential.  But I want to use the example because I think there are so many ways driving in traffic relates to all aspects of life.  The dynamics of driving encompass teamwork, individualism, personal capabilities, selfish and selflessness, destinations, origins, planning, risk, and the list could continue.  And even though we have defined lanes, rules, and officers to enforce them, unfortunately, like in all of life, competition too many times becomes a factor.  And since I am very very far from perfect, I have to admit competition was definitely a factor in my decision making process.   In some ways my male brain was deciding whether to win or lose, if I chose to pass I might get the satisfaction of winning a “race,” and of course the opposite is true if I slowed down.  But there are so many ways to win while “losing.”  In my case, it felt good to help somebody out, that was a win for me, it also may have helped that other driver get home a little quicker, that was a win for them.  It of course helped me save a little gas, that was another win for me, and by avoiding a competition when none was required, it didn’t add any stress to the situation, and in our fast paced world you know that was a win for both of us.  As the old Yankee slogan goes, “any moment is a great moment,” and in any moment we can be winners, but that doesn’t mean every moment has to be a contest.
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 so much for reading, it means the world to me.
Jake

Value Values


“The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run up hill, to twist a rope of sand.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19

Castigate: “to subject to severe punishment, reproof, or criticism” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Spoken or not, most of us grew up learning a certain set of values to live by, and throughout life we are tempted, encouraged, and sometimes even threatened with force, to compromise them. While people may try to castigate or persecute us for our values, history shows that values always overcome. In fact persecution has often strengthened their cause. The inquisition resulted in a committed protestant movement, filled with members willing to die for their faith. The abuses of by the Church of England became some of the driving reasons why the pilgrims populated what is now the United States. These are just a couple examples that genuine values, when held firmly, can stand up to any hardship or persecution. But every time we compromise a value it opens the door for another to be threatened and leads to the downward spiral of moral relativity. But if we stand firm on values, relative only to the originator of values, we can be assured of rewards beyond imagination. Only by standing on our values and principles will the assaults on our values diminish. In the mean time let's ensure our values are based on morals that everyone can live by.

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?
Thanks so much for reading.
Jake

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Enjoy the Journey


Tonight, tonight, I'm on my way, I'm on my way, home sweet home.” Tommy Lee, Neil Sixx

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

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

I remember coming home from a deployment to the middle east. It was a short and easy deployment in comparison to what many have had to endure. But I don't think I realized how good home was until I had to be away for an extended period of time. The journey home from the United Arab Emirates had to be the most exciting trip I've ever experienced. After weeks sleeping in a tent in the desert, being home with my wife, enjoying home cooked meals and a soft bed, was well worth the journey around the globe to get back. But as epic as that journey was, it was nothing like the journey we're all on in life. We all know the journey of life has its trouble spots, times where we long for the past when we were kids, just along for the ride; the times when we could hang out with friends and enjoy a carefree life. We're all still on that ride we started as kids, but as we get older, the carefree part starts to fade, life becomes less about hanging out with friends and more about working with peers. But we're promised a perfect destination at the end our journey through life. And for many of us, that provides the hope it takes to endure the hardships we encounter. There will always be bumps in the road, and at times, it'll seem like we've spun out of control, but God has His hand on the wheel, and He knows all the directions. All we have to do is let Him guide us, and we'll end up home with Him. Enjoy the journey.

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?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

Monday, September 5, 2011

Go Team!


"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, 
and working together is success." Henry Ford
It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him. Lamentations 3:22-2 (KJV)
Begin: “to do or succeed in the least degree” Merriam-Webster
Groups are the most powerful human entities that have ever existed. Throughout history, the most powerful monarchies have been defeated by parliaments, senates, and congress's. There's a pride that comes from teamwork that can't be had through individual efforts. There's a sense of success that comes through the accomplishments of a team that can't be found through selfish exploits. Every time I travel aboard a military transport plane coming home from a deployment, I'm in awe of what the team called the U.S. Air Force can accomplish through cooperation and support of fellow team members. Henry Ford obviously knew what a team could do, that's why he called working together success. On the surface, the model T, the model A, or the flat top V8 appear to be a few of his greatest successes, but to a group leader, those were the mere products of success. A group leader knows that a team working together can accomplish anything, a group leader knows that working together is the success that breads accomplishment. There would be no Ford motor company without groups working together to perform. There would have been no Apollo program without performance oriented groups. We wouldn't even be able to enjoy the conveniences of a simple calculator without the capabilities of a team. It is critical in life that we be able to work with others as a team. And if you're a person like myself, who naturally resists working with others, remember it's important just to begin. And we do that pretty much every day, don't we? Doesn't it take teamwork not to crash into oncoming traffic on our way to work? By ourselves, we can only accomplish what our own knowledge and skills can produce. But when we work with others, we can be a part of an interstate highway system, we can elect the most powerful person in the world, we can build space stations, and ultimately we can bring hope to the lives of billions through Christ when we choose to perform on His team.
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 so much for reading.
Jake


Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Winning and the Living of Life


In between goals is a thing called life, that has to be lived and enjoyed.” Sid Caesar

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 1 Timothy 6:17

Joie de vivre: “exuberant enjoyment of life” New Oxford American Dictionary

I was recently watching SportsCenter on ESPN and they ran a rather lengthy story on a little boy named Josiah. Josiah wasn't any little boy, he was a little boy with Hutchison Guilford Progeria Syndrome, a disease that causes children to age prematurely. As a result he will most likely never be a great sports hero, but he loves the game of baseball. Never mind his disadvantages, Josiah loves to put on a baseball uniform and get out on the field to play. He loves the game for the playing, not the winning. From the time I could play any sort of sports I wanted to be good and to win. It's human nature, and I think most of us are that way. And it's not necessarily a bad thing either. Sometimes winning is a requirement, i.e. WWII. But how much more happy could we be, if instead of always looking for ways to win at whatever we do, we were a little more like little Josiah and tried to enjoy life for the living of it not the winning of it.

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 so much for reading.
Jake