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 8, 2012

What's Your Hallmark?


Tonight, we are young
So let’s set this world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun
From the song We Are Young by the band Fun.
On My account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.  Matthew 10:18-20
Hallmark:  “a mark stamped on articles of gold, silver, or platinum in Britain, certifying their standard of purity”  New Oxford American Dictionary
Match point, second serve, “out.”  It was the 2005 Italia Masters tennis match and Andy Roddick was playing Fernando Verdasco.  With his serve called out, Verdasco made his way to the net to congratulate Roddick on the win.  But instead of accepting congratulations, Roddick argued with the umpire and line judge, claiming that the ball from Verdasco’s serve had actually landed on the line.  The evidence was clear, the ball had left a mark where it had landed and it was indeed in.  Instead of winning, Roddick went on to lose that match.  But he won a more important game than one that could be played on a court.  He won trust.  Sometimes the right decision can cost us  the immediate gratification of winning in a moment, but the gratification that comes from integrity feels much better than the elation of winning.  The emotions of winning wear off, die down, and even lose their intensity, but the satisfaction of living a life of integrity never dies.  Integrity leaves a mark that lasts forever, it’s the hallmark of character.  Integrity can set this world on fire, it ignites synergy.  Integrity is what people are dying to see, it’s the Father speaking through us.  What’s your hallmark?
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.
Jake

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