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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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A Little Luck


The harder you work the luckier you'll get.” Paula Deen

The lot is cast into the lap, but it's every decision is from the Lord. Provers 16:33

Lot: “one of a set of objects such as straws, stones, or pieces of paper that are randomly selected as part of a decision-making process” New Oxford American Dictionary

Paula Deen knows what she's talking about. The food empire she controls today started with a measly couple hundred dollars. But that's ok with her. In fact, she's said she's thankful it started with limited resources. Why? Because she says it forced her to be wise with her money and prudent with her decisions. She had no room for error. So when she started her business selling home made sack lunches to people who worked in the city, she knew every lunch had to be made with love and care. Every lunch had to be great. Every ingredient had to be fresh and of the highest quality. She met that challenge, and because of it, she succeeded. So every part of me agrees with the statement I quoted by her today. Attention to detail, hard work, and honesty have a way of creating opportunity. However, I think Ms. Deen would agree with me, that luck isn't quite what it seems, especially in light of what is said in Proverbs 16:33. There's no doubt, when we work hard, we create more possibilities for ourselves. However, it's not a matter of luck so much as cause and effect. And I think that was her point in today's quote. I think she would be just as likely to say that there's no such thing as luck. That what we cause has an effect on our future. What we sow we reap (Gal. 6:7). And where are treasure is, there are heart is as well (Mat. 6:21). So instead crediting our circumstances on luck, let's examine our role in our own lives. What are we sowing? Where is our heart? We have a creator who wants the best for us. Who says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7 That doesn't mean we will get everything we ask of God. Not everything we want is worth having. It does indicate however, that we have a loving God who is working hard for us at this very moment. That we have a God who wants what is best for us. But also gives us a will. It's with that that will that many times we either choose not to try, or actually work against God's desire for our lives. Hard work with the right motivation will ensure we're working towards a goal that has been set by God. A goal that would seem impossible in human terms but is readily attainable with the help of our Creator. So let's cast our lots, see what comes of them, but make sure God breaths on them for a little “luck,” and then get to work.

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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