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 24, 2012

Live on Purpose

Begin each day as if it were on purpose.” Alex Hitchins (From the move Hitch)

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Aspire: “to seek to attain or accomplish a particular goal” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I think we all suffer bouts of depression from time to time. It's source changes and no one is depressed by exactly the same things or feelings. But one source that I think we're all somewhat affected by, comes by way of purpose, or the lack of it. Depression often sets in as a result of feeling as though we're just floating along. That we're living without a real purpose. That we're useless. A key to avoid the feeling of uselessness and purposelessness, is to remember what we aspire to. When we begin each day on purpose, our life is sure to feel purposeful. And when we live with a purpose, so much more can be tolerated. Life's ugliness can be passed by, like a traveler passes by dilapidated house, when we have a purposeful destination. A bad day at work can be eased when our purpose is to work for the Lord and for our family, not simply our boss, or our ego. And a long plane ride can turn exciting, when we look forward to our destination and what we're going to do there. Trying events in our lives are bearable when we have something bigger to set our sights on. What's more, when our lives are focused on our Creator and what He would have us do, we will never be without a purpose. In the book, The Practice of the Presence of God, Brother Lawrence, (a 17th century lay brother from a Parisian monastery) who was renown for being happy in everything he did, let's us in on a little secret. Everything is bearable, even enjoyable, when we endure it with God. He say's, “Were I a preacher, I should above all other things preach the practice of the presence of GOD; and were I director, I should advise all the world to do it: so necessary do I think it, and so easy too.” So fulfilled was he in the presence of God, and so purposeful was he at it, that some 400 years after his life we are still talking about him. His purpose is still making a difference. He didn't have a huge role in Christianity. He didn't preach to thousands of people. He was a handyman But, he was so content with God, it made people wonder “why.” And when he was asked, he answered. When we live on purpose, people will wonder “why.” We may not be a dignitary or a noted leader, but we can make a difference. It comes through purpose. No matter who we are, or where we're at, let's live on purpose. Let's live purposefully for God.

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. You mean a lot to me.

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