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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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

It's All About Content

Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us.” Thomas Paine

Better to be lowly in spirit and among the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. Proverbs 16:19

Integrity: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness” New Oxford American Dictionary

Have you ever heard the story about life being like a cup of coffee? If not, Youtube it. It talks about life being the coffee and the cup our possessions. So many times we become obsessed with the cup (our possessions), and forget about the coffee (our lives). We have faith that what we have can enrich our lives and bring happiness. Eventually we forget all about what we really want, the coffee. We forget that what we really want is a life full of happiness and beauty. We forget that a possession can't create any of that. A possession can't create anything. Only a creator can create. Furthermore, it doesn't mater what the vessel looks like if it's full of garbage. Being from the Northwest United States we love our coffee here. Seattle is the founding home of the venti latte, the caramel macchiato, and all the other indulging coffee drinks that Starbucks made popular in the US and the world. Can you imagine a business like Starbucks being successful if they filled their cups with a bitter and burnt concoction laced with nasty grounds? Probably not. Starbucks has been successful because they built a reputation for delivering good coffee. It's not about the cup they put it in, they give you a paper one. It's about the coffee they serve, they strive to give you the best. And people pay good money for it. For the average cup, a person could afford to buy drip coffee in a mug that could last them for years. But they don't, they buy the good coffee, then throw the cups away. Lets put our lives into perspective and realize what life is all about. It's about the love we share with others, whether they're near or far. It's about the relationships we have with friends and family, the warmth they provide. It's about he laughter and happiness we experience, the smile it puts on our faces. And most importantly. It's about our relationship with our maker, the joy He gives. He's the ultimate barista, able to fill our lives with richness beyond what could be imagined before. Don't settle for a bitter cup of coffee. Long for the best. Seek the best. And we will find the best. Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7 We all know where to find our favorite cup of coffee. Jesus just told us where to find the best life. Ask for it.

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?
Thanks for reading.

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