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 23, 2013

The Greatest Gifts

“Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers, remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs, that just because he doesn't answer doesn't mean he don't care, some of God's greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.”  Garth Brooks from the song Unanswered Prayers
And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.  1 Chronicles 4:10
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.  James 4:3
Grant:  “agree to give or allow”  New Oxford American Dictionary
You'll notice I included two Bible verses in today's message.  Often one verse of the Bible is taken out of context and used for the will of the claimer.  I didn’t want that to happen in today’s message.  God doesn’t just give us anything we want simply because we ask and believe He will give it to us.  Likewise, God can grant us more than we can possibly imagine if we have faith in Him and live for His purpose.  There are a couple things we need to consider to explain.  First, God wants what is best for us.  Second, God grants us things, he doesn't just give us things.  When God grants us a blessing, by definition, He is “agreeing” to give it to us, or “allowing” us to have it.  I’m sure the NBA player, Jeremy Lin was disappointed in December 2011 when he was cut by the Houston Rockets with a contract worth some (correct me if I’m wrong) $800,000.  Flash forward to 2012 however, and we can see the opportunities being cut from the Rockets provided him with the Knicks in New York.  “Lin-sanity” most likely, would have never happened if he wasn’t cut.  What’s more, The Houston Rockets just signed Jeremy Lin back from the Knicks for a three year contract worth $25,000,000.  I’m not saying that getting a $25,000,000,000 contract is what God “really” wanted for Jeremy Lin, but it’s better than the $800,000 I’m sure he was disappointed to lose in 2011.  Furthermore, it sure seems like God really does have his guiding hands on this player who’s boyhood goal was to be a pastor, and who publicly praises God for his success.  At the very least, it’s a reminder that with disappointments, often there are greater blessings in store.  So when we ask for something, let's have an open mind that God knows what is best for us and trust that if we don't get exactly what we want, God has something far better for us right around the corner.
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.

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