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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Monday, October 15, 2012

Small Things... Make Big Differences


Small Things Make Big Differences, Message for December 23, 2010

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20

Create: “cause (something) to happen as a result of one's actions”

I don't know about you, but acorns inspire me. In fact seeds and eggs and all of life inspires me. I'm inspired by the way life propagates itself. I'm inspired by the way it's propagated through the smallest of vehicles. When I look at how small things in the world make such huge differences, it motivates me to not let even small ideas pass without action. Almost everyone has an idea they think could change the way people live or even improve the world. Few however, act on their ideas; believing they couldn't possibly succeed, or that no one cares. Many believe that if something is worth doing, somebody else will do it. Or that, big feats are rooted in big circumstances and ideas. But big trees find their root in the smallest of seeds, sometimes in the tiniest of cracks on a windblown boulder. What matters is the life. Every idea has a life. What will we do with the life in us? Will we kill it by suppression? Will we give it up to be adopted by another? Or will we plant it, nurture it, and raise it up to fulfill its purpose and potential? I hope none of us kill our good ideas. Not all of the ideas we have are necessarily good. And some we know are blatantly bad. But of the ones we know carry honor; we'll never know their value unless they're given a chance to thrive. What makes a guy like Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple, any more special than the rest of us. He was smart, but not unusually so. He died rich, but wasn't always wealthy. He was charismatic, but wasn't unusually attractive in personality. What was it that made him think he could change the world? At one point, Steve Jobs was a regular guy with an idea. The difference is, he pursued his idea and worked at making it succeed. He believed he could nurture and raise the life in an idea. So he planted his seed. We'll never know what our ideas can accomplish without pursuing them. We'll never know our purpose without being purposeful. And we'll never know if we could change the world unless we plant a seed. Imagine if everyone who had a good idea had faith in it and tried to produce it, what kind of world would this planet 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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