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, August 22, 2014

Optimism Through Purpose


“A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties.” - Harry Truman

Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!  And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.  For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will be no plowing and reaping.  But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance. - Genesis 45:4-7

Factotum:  “an employee who does all kinds of work” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Isn't it amazing how Joseph was able to see God working in his life through all the challenges and hardships he endured? I am continually amazed at the way Joseph, through all his hardships, knew and understood that he was a factotum of God. And that he was able to realize the purpose God had for him through it all. What if, in all our life challenges, we were able to see what Joseph saw? What if, like Joseph, we were able to realize, that God has a purpose for our lives? It is my sincere belief, that working for God and realizing His purpose is the best way possible to become that “continual optimist.” What if we all strove to have the faith Joseph had? Using the events, good and bad, as stepping stones for God's work in our lives, instead of stumbling blocks towards our own success. After all, what is success in life anyway?  By all accounts Joseph could have deemed himself a failure when he was sold into slavery by his brothers. But without that awful event in his life he would have never ascended to be the prime minister of Egypt. With that in mind; would you rather be successful in your own mind, as compared to your neighbors, having everything go your way, encountering little to no hardship, and have history forget you as a middle to upper class average citizen? Or would you rather be at times disappointed in life's turns, but have history look back on you as a noted person with a purpose? I remember hearing a woman, after going through something difficult say, “I like it when things are difficult, because I know that blessings come from difficulty.” We live in a world full of difficulties, that's what the choice of sin did. But we have a God who can turn those difficulties into blessings. That doesn't happen anywhere else. Let's be thankful for that, for what He does for us, that He can make “All things work together for good.” Romans 8:28 But only if we let Him. Let's let Him.

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 of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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