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 30, 2012

The Pride Trap

Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.” Benjamin Franklin

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. Proverbs 16:18

Humility: “a modest or low view of one's own importance” New Oxford American Dictionary

Don't get me wrong, there is a time and place for pride. It is important to take pride in our work and our daily activities. Indeed, it can help insure we do our best in whatever we do. However, along with our pride it is important to be humble and remember the source of our successes and abilities. I'm reminded of the monarchs of old who were surrounded with the want of power. Many would-be power players placed their pride in the influence and authority they could amass, thinking their own accomplishments could be the sole source of their prideful satisfaction. But the lack of humility caused many to become cruel, and they became ensnared in power traps. They eventually found themselves in a place where no apologies could satisfy their enemies, and power could no longer be grasped. As a result, many became infamous and eventually lost their lives for their pride. Ironically, it was usually at the hand of people seeking power in their own little trap. Let's remember the real source of our pride and remember to give all credit to the Almighty, sooner or later, He's sure receive the credit anyway.

Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindess 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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