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, March 15, 2012

Imagine Purpose

“I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast.  And when I run I feel His pleasure.”  Eric Liddell 
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2
Instauration:  “restoration after decay, lapse, or dilapidation”  Marriam-Webster Dictionary
As a boy, Clive would at times find himself lost in little imaginary animal kingdoms built by his brother Warnie and himself in the lids of cooky tins.  Similarly, as a boy I remember building roads and towns in the dirt of our family garden with my brother.  But we weren’t just building fake little roads with toy cars to drive on them, we were building alternate realities in our minds.  I’m sure you have similar memories as well.  Our imagination as children is almost boundless.  I wanted those little towns, complete with tunnels and garages, to be real so badly they almost were.  I hated it when my brother, who was older than I and less strict in realistically trying to fool his imagination, would pick up the Tonka Toys to use their shovels more effectively.  “That’s not how it works,” I would exclaim.  My imaginary world was replete with realities such as gravity and other laws of physics.  It’s easy to look back on those childish times and laugh at the power of our imaginations.  After all, imagination is what drove our belief in Santa Claus and his reindeer.  Through the experience of growing up, we’ve been taught that imagination is somewhat foolish and should be left for children or maybe Hollywood.  But it was through the instauration of his childhood imagination that Clive was able to impress so many with profound lessons in life.  Those animal kingdoms built in the depression of lids not only tickled his imagination, but eventually, the imaginations of  millions.  Ironically, wanting to be proper, childish imagination was a source of shame for Clive as a child.  But with maturity, childish imagination grew up in him and those boundless toy worlds became the backdrop for The Chronicles of Narnia.  C.S. Lewis was built for a purpose, for some of his life he rejected that purpose, but eventually he found what he called joy.  In living the purpose God built us for we can all feel that “joy,” we can all feel the pleasure of God.  Imagine that!
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.  You mean a lot to me.

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