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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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Getting Ahead


The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” Mark Twain

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

Commit: “to put into charge or trust” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

When I found this quote by Mark Twain, I immediately knew it's what I wanted to talk about in this message. Then I found this Bible verse and immediately knew I wanted it to support the message. But when I put them together, they didn't seem to fit. However, I knew these were the statements I needed to use. Then it occurred to me. While both statements are valid in their context, there is a lesson to learn about what “succeeding” really is. And what it means to “get ahead.” We may get ahead at whatever we're doing, but without a team that is all it will ever be. Without finishing what good is it? In horse racing, pure speed does not necessarily lead to victory. Often the fastest horse breaks out ahead of the pack, and sometimes it leads all the way down to the wire. But to win a horse race you have to be ahead at the wire. To accomplish that, a jockey is needed, a team is needed. Often the jockeys restrain their horse from giving their all until the right moment, until the final stretch. In that way the greatest average speed is obtained. And we all know, any race is won through the greatest average speed. It doesn't matter who's ahead at three furlongs, it matters who's ahead at the end. That takes a team. Winning can never come without a team. In the life of mortal man, all we can ever do is get ahead. But just as a horse can't win without a jockey, we will never truly win without the Lord on our team. If we always put the Lord on our team by committing our plans to Him, we will see the world and mankind in a different way. What if we saw mankind as a team instead of a group of rivals to overcome? What if, when we found a way to succeed, instead of using it to get ahead of our competition we used it to reach back and bring as many as possible with us? I have a theory that I think you would agree with. Whatever we do, we should do it to benefit everyone. Unlike the horse race, LIFE is not a race to be won, in the sense of beating our rivals. It is a race to be ran. It is a race to be finished. But it is a race to our Maker and our home, one that we all want to finish and win together! In 2 Timothy 4:7 Paul says, I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” Let's all do our best to run the race with the perspective of Paul.

Daily Journaling Questions:
      1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
      2. What did I learn today?
      3. What am I thankful for?
      4. Who did I love today?
      5. What am I dreaming for?
      6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
      7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thank you for reading.
Jake

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