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 2, 2012

Use Leverage not Strength


The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” 
Vince Lombardi
The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song. Psalm 28:7
Leverage: “the power to influence a person or situation to achieve a particular outcome” Oxford New American Dictionary
On October 1, 1913, a small frail child was born in Brazil. Doctors told him early on to avoid strenuous sports activities, because he could be easily injured. He was a stubborn boy however, and chose to learn martial arts, specifically Judo or Kano Jiujitsu. But his physical build meant that he could not effectively use all the technics. Judo is a grueling sport and he was just not strong enough to be affective. However, instead of giving up, at the age of 16 he developed a system that allowed him to fight effectively against opponents of any size. He did it using leverage instead of strength. Because of his tenacity and unwillingness to give up, Helio Gracie created Brazilian Jiujitsu, one of the most effective and popular fighting methods known today. In life, like Helio Gracie, we are all undersized at some point. That's no excuse to ever give up, even if we feel overcome. Instead, let's use our God given talents as leverage to accomplish our goals and leave the strength stuff up to God. Three times the apostle Paul asked God to take a hardship away from him, but the Lord told Paul, “My strength is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 As a result, Paul decided to boast in his weakness. Our weaknesses leave gaps where God's strength can be flexed. If Helio Gracie hadn't been a physically weak child, he would likely have never created a better fighting system. If Paul hadn't learned to brag about his weaknesses he may have never become the man to write the majority of the Bible's New Testament. We all have a weakness of two. What are we doing to let God fill the gap of strength in us? In Deuteronomy 31, when the Israelites were afraid to go into the land of Canaan because of the people there, Moses told them to “Be strong and courageous... The Lord your God goes with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you.” That promise still stands when we hold to the Lord's work. Let's hold to the Lord's work and see how powerful we can be.

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.
Jake

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