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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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Step One

People who don't take step number one, never take step number two.” Zig Ziglar

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:15-17

Grateful: “pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

How many of us are unhappy with things in our lives? We all of are, to some degree. One of the keys to happiness is gratefulness. According to some experts gratefulness is the most important trait we can have. Because if we live gratefully, we assure ourselves of happiness. Can you imagine someone being unhappy while honestly saying that they love their car, family, job, home, and life? Likewise, can you think of someone that is happy while describing all their possessions and life as being horrible and intolerable? I know we all have different levels of possessions, some people drive new Mercedes', and some drive used Kias. However, I can't tell you how many people I've heard complain about their premium German sports sedans, while very few complain about their 500 dollar junkers. I think it's because they're grateful that they just run. It's not about what we have nearly as much as our attitude towards it. If we have an ungrateful attitude towards our situation or belongings, we will never be happy. The first step towards solving that problem is to find the good in what we have, focus on it, and be grateful for it. Step two, is to be happy. It will come naturally, but only after we complete step one. Here's the key to step one however. Give everything to God. He says, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me and for the gospel will save it.” Mark 8:35 Nothing can help us see the good in things like the fulfillment of their purpose. Without purpose, houses are just wooden boxes that ruin the countryside, cars are merely a source of pollution, and our lives feel meaningless and contrived. But with purpose, houses are blessings that keep us comfortable, safe, and warm. Cars become beautiful works of art, able to give us pleasure in their performance. And our lives become the hands and feet of our Savior, able to change the world. Living for our Creator gives us, our lives, and whatever we have, purpose. In that way, giving everything to God will ensure our lives are fulfilled. We can be grateful for that!

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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