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, December 30, 2011

Life is Worth Living!


 “No fist is big enough to cover the sky.” African Proverb

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. Colossians 3:2-4

Sustenance: “the maintaining of someone or something in life or existence” New Oxford American Dictionary

When we live life for ourselves it can become a miserable venture. Bad situations and unfortunate events seem to happen for no reason, with no redeeming value. I'm not trying to convince anyone that when we live for something bigger than ourselves, sadness will somehow disappear and all will be well, all the time. But when we live for a higher purpose, tragedies and failures can become more tolerable. When we live for a higher purpose we understand there is a reason for the circumstances in our lives that transcends solitary events, we know have a home above us that far exceeds this world in every possible way. So let's try to improve our perspective on life by focusing on the sky above and make the good news of Christ our sustenance, and in doing so, ensure life will be worth living.

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, December 29, 2011

We Have This Hope


I have a tremendous amount of hope, because I believe in Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead.” Billy Graham

But the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, Psalms 33:18

Hope: “grounds for believing that something good may happen” New Oxford American Dictionary

We live in a world where hope seems to be a fading commodity. Everywhere we look we see wars, famines, floods, pollution, and even the threat of global warming. You name it, if it can ruin your life, it's out there and it's a threat. But we have a hope that can surpass all doubts and depression, a hope that nullifies the woes of this world. What is death if it means we get to be permanent residents of heaven? When life seems like a hopeless existence full of toils and turmoils, remember we have a heavenly father that has guided this world through disasters, wars, and catastrophes before. He can, has, is, and will guide it again. Ultimately He promises a new world. One without the effects of sin. One where hope is unnecessary, because what was and could ever be hoped for, is a reality. Living for that world can change our perspective on everything in this world.

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, December 28, 2011

Getting Out of Our Way


Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.” George Herman “Babe” Ruth

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Fortitude: “courage in pain or adversity” New Oxford American Dictionary

Recently I heard of a man named Peter White. He does a documentary series for BBC radio called, “Blind Man Roams the Globe.” When I heard of him I knew I had to hear his show. I wanted to get a perspective of world adventures through the senses of a blind person. It was fascinating to hear San Francisco described without visual descriptions, to hear it described using sounds, smells, and feelings. But as I was listening I was struck by something else, I was impressed with how courageous this man was. Not only does he travel around the world constantly having to ask people for help and directions, somehow he had the idea that he could travel through and describe the world as a blind person. Then he actually stuck to his idea, and followed through on his plan. If Peter White has the ability to be a blind tour guide, what do you think we can accomplish? Let's all try to be a little more like Peter White, forget about our fears and doubts, and follow through on our ideas. What if we could all eliminate our biggest obstacles, ourselves?

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Go Live Life


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein

And the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.” John 2:9-10

Animation: “the state of being full of life or vigor; liveliness” New Oxford American Dictionary

“Go live life,” read the note by the door of a Gary's apartment. The man had been an executive for Blue Cross Blue Shield but lost much of his short term memory ability in a car accident and had to use sticky notes to remind him of what to do at certain moments in life. Things like “brush your teeth,” “take a shower,” “or go to bed.” But the most telling note I think is the one to remind him to “Go live life.” I think we could all use that note by our door. So many of us our so busy with work, play, or whatever, that we forget to really live life. So let's get out there and take a note from this man with limited memory, go live life, become animated, and see what miracles we can find.

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, December 26, 2011

The Big, Small, and Important Things


“Oh, the places you'll go”: “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way!” Theodor Geisel

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12

Aspiration: “a hope or ambition of achieving something” New Oxford American Dictionary

Throughout history, successful people and influential events have been driven by a motivational force rooted in hope and aspiration. There are very few people or nations in history who have had greatness or achievements forced on them. At some point they decided to jump at an opportunity, and in doing so achieved greatness. After WWII Theodor Geisel visited Japan, still harboring animosity towards the nation for their actions leading up to and during the war. However, the personal relationships he was able to foster in Japan helped him move past his entrenched animosity, enabling him write an important allegorical book about the American post war occupation of Japan. It made clear the importance of people, even though you may not be able to see them, and the importance of rebuilding a strong country with goodwill. Today Japan is one of the United States strongest and most important allies, and the book “Horton Hears a Who” by Theodor Seuss Geisel, (Dr. Seuss) the allegory of Japanese and US relations, still teaches children that people are important no matter how small and anything is achievable not matter how big.

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

Friday, December 23, 2011

Build a Foundation


All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don't discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It's what you do for others.” Danny Thomas

I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Psalm 37:25-26

Foundation: “an underlying basis or principle for something” New Oxford American Dictionary

You can change the world! It was 1940 something, a young comedian and entertainer, so impressed by a church service put his last seven dollars in the offering. Being an expectant father with looming hospital bills, and the last little bit of money he had gone, he prayed for help. And help came, the next day he scheduled a role that payed him 70 dollars, getting him out of a jam one more time. But for the next couple years Danny continued to struggling in his career. So once again he prayed for help. He prayed at the feet of St. Judas Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes, saying, “Help me find my way in life, and I will build you a shrine.” In the following years Danny's career boomed and he became famous around the world. Remembering his promise Danny used his fame and popularity to begin raising money for the shrine during the early fifties. It took approximately ten years but in 1962 Danny Thomas opened the doors of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A facility that has saved thousands of children's lives, comforted families across the globe, and has never required payment from those without the means. Without a dollar to his name or even a job to provide a steady paycheck, Danny Thomas built a foundation that changed the world, you and I can too, it begins with one act of random kindness at a time. (For more information about Danny Thomas and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital I encourage you to visit www.stjude.org you won't regret 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?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Character Muscles


“Opposition is a natural part of life. Just as we develop our physical muscles through overcoming opposition – such as lifting weights – we develop our character muscles by overcoming challenges and adversity.” Sephen R. Covey

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21

Surmount: “to prevail over” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I just want everyone who's ever been in a bad situation and could not see an exit in sight, (and that's all of us I think) to think about our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines in harms way, especially those who have been captured by an enemy they do not know, and cannot trust, for the most basic things in life. Right now there are people surmounting obstacles and facing challenges we cannot begin to imagine, simply because they decided to go into the business of defending freedom and justice. When things are hard, let's be thankful for the things we have and know it could be worse. Let's be thankful for the people who work for us. We didn't hire them, and they're not on our payroll, but they're working for us non the less. Let's be thankful for the blessings that seem mostly like everyday rights, like the ones that allow you and I to post and read messages on the internet. Life isn't always good, but it's always what we make of it. Let's do our best to overcome with good and with the Lord's help we will never be overcome by evil.

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, December 21, 2011

Building a Phalanx


“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” Kenyan Proverb

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20

Phalanx: “a group of people or things of a similar type forming a compact body or brought together for a common purpose” New Oxford American Dictionary

Teamwork, we all know the concept, we know what it can accomplish, and most of us have experienced it at one point or another. But why is it so difficult at times? I remember watching an episode of Top Gear (a British car show) where the objective was to drive a car to the North Pole, and in the meantime try to beat a dog sled there along the way. We all know the Arctic is a inhospitable place, freezing cold, home to deadly bears, with no efficient means of rescue. The Arctic is a perfect example of an obstacle requiring teamwork. But it's cold and inhospitable environment also fosters among other things, short tempers, despair, and hatred. All things that hinder affective teamwork. Life is kinda like that, full of obstacles and trials requiring more from us than we are sometimes willing to give. At the same time, it seems like there's always something trying to beat us. Sadly, when we need it the most, we have a tendency to reject help, and the concept of teamwork can seem revolting. Sometimes it can feel like there couldn't possibly be anyone that would even want to be on our team. During those times, remember, there is no point at which we can't call on our Father in Heaven for a helping hand. No matter what are record of accomplishments and failures, He's always wanting to join our team. He's on the sideline asking to be put in the game. The decision is ours, He's not going to force His way into our lives, but He's always available when we choose to let Him in. During the difficult times in life, lets try to remember what we need the most, forget our pride and ask for it. Likewise, when times our good, lets remember, those are the best opportunities to build a strong team, a phalanx; so that we will be able to meet any obstacle and overcome it, experience any trial and survive 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?
Thanks for reading.
Jake

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

A Friendly Reminder


My friends are my estate.” Emily Dickinson

There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. "For whom am I toiling," he asked, "and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?" 
This too is meaningless a miserable business! Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Ecclesiastes 4:8-10

Abet: “to assist or support in the achievement of a purpose” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Lets always remember the importance of our friends. In a world where we can be constantly entertained by media, and satisfied by social networks on the internet, it's easy to forget about our real friends, both the ones we have and the ones we could make. But friends are so important to life. They can act as a team mate and abet our purposes, they can be an ally when we can't accomplish something on our own, and they can temper our selfish desires and edify our actions when we go down the wrong path. I'm always amazed at the value my friends bring to my life. Let's always remember the importance of our friends.

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, December 19, 2011

Cross


Cross
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.  Galatians 4:4-5
Ethereal:  “of or relating to the heavens : heavenly”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Two timbers lashed together.  They form a cross, the tool used to sacrifice our King and Savior.  Although used to execute many, Jesus made it infamous as a symbol to portray His love for us throughout time.  But why a cross?  The point where the beam and the post form a crossing, an intersection, that is what gives the cross its distinct capability to carry out its purpose.  Its purpose to torture, maim, and kill.  But the cross is so much more than the intersection of two pieces of wood.  It’s the intersection of our mortal lives and our everlasting potential.  It forms the point at which we can cross from mere humans to justified, redeemed, and saved souls.  Like every symbol and message He’s given, God’s symbol of our salvation is so much, so much more than merely what meets the eye.  In everything, God provides a message and a lesson.  Finding them can change our lives forever.  The cross and the crossing is the ultimate example.
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