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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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

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