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, October 24, 2012

The Helpful


“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr (from the Serenity Prayer)

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

Serenity: “the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled” New Oxford American Dictionary

Are you a little like me? Every day I see problems that upset me. Problems that can keep me awake at night. Problems that of course, I can't fix. Don't misunderstand me, I'm not a pessimist. I see the proverbial glass as being half full. I believe the promise in Romans 8:28 that says, “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” But we can't deny that there are problems in our world. There is disagreement. There is hatred. And there is war. I remember a while back going on a trip for a couple months to the United Arab Emirates. While I was there I didn't pay attention as much to the problems back home. I didn't watch political commentaries or protests, or much news at all for that matter. Not that it wasn't available, I just didn't pay as much attention to those kinds of things as I did while at home. As it turns out, the lack of knowledge of news and current events back home became one of the things I liked about being overseas. Don't get me wrong, I think it's very important to be knowledgeable about what's happening in the world around us. However, we must be able to temper the way it influences our lives. There are so many things in life that can stress us to the limit. Many of which are beyond our control. So the question arises. Can anything beyond our control be of value? The answer is yes! The answer is God! It's when we lose control that God calls us. It's when we are helpless that God becomes helpful. We bonded most with our mothers while we were infants. It was through helplessness that we all learned to love for the first time. And so, while it's good to be able to temper our anxiety about the uncontrollable. It's also good for us to learn, grow, and love through life's events and circumstances. So how do we get there? What's the first step? In answering that question, let's remember it's been done before. Solomon was lost when he became king of Israel. He didn't know what to do or how to start doing it. So let's start like he did. When pressed, he asked God for wisdom and knowledge (2 Chronicles 1). That's the first step. It's through those qualities that our trust in God can grow and our lives can become empowered and effective in this world. It's through those qualities that all problems have a solution. It's no coincidence that when we admit our helplessness and ask for God's helpfulness, His fulness in us overflows and we can become a help to the world.

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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