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, September 5, 2012

Enjoy the Journey

Tonight, tonight, I'm on my way, I'm on my way, home sweet home.” Tommy Lee, Neil Sixx

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” John 14:1-4

Home: “place where something flourishes, is most typically found, or from which it originates” New Oxford American Dictionary

I remember coming home from a deployment to the middle east. It was a short and easy deployment in comparison to what many have had to endure. But I didn't realized how good home was, until I had to be away for an extended period of time. The journey home from the United Arab Emirates had to be the most exciting trip I've ever experienced. It was fun and stressful and long. And a memory I'll never forget. But the destination is what made it the most exciting. It was the destination that created the journey. And the destination that ended it. After weeks sleeping in a tent in the desert, being home with my wife, enjoying home cooked meals and a soft bed, was well worth the journey around the globe to get back. As epic as that journey was, it was nothing like the journey we're all on in life. We all know the journey of life has its trouble spots. Times where we long for the past, when we were just kids along for the ride. Times when we could hang out with friends and enjoy a carefree life. We're all still on that ride we started as babies. But as we get older, the carefree part starts to fade. Life becomes less about hanging out with friends and more about working with peers. More about stress management, and less about stress reduction. More about productivity, and less about happiness. However, we're promised a perfect destination at the end our journey through life. And for many of us, that provides the hope it takes to endure the hardships we encounter. There will always be bumps in the road. At times, it'll seem like we've spun out of control. But God has His hand on the wheel and He knows all the directions. All we have to do is let Him guide us and we're guaranteed to end up home with Him. So now, we can celebrate the words of the song by Tommy Lee and Neil Sixx, “I'm on my way, home sweet home.” But lets never forget to pray the words of the song made famous by Carrie Underwood, “Jesus take the wheel.” Having done so, let's enjoy the journey, it has much to offer.

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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