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 1, 2012

You Have a Purpose

The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts it.” William James

Trust in the LORD with all your heart 
and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, 
and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 

Function: “an activity or purpose natural to or intended for a person or thing” New Oxford American Dictionary

One of my favorite TV shows is “Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge.” It follows the photographer, Art Wolfe, and documents the way he photographs the natural world. The scenery and images produced on the show are spectacular. I'm always amazed at the images he captures, because he always seems to be in the right place at the right time, to capture rare animals in beautiful photographs. One of his assistants even remarked one time that, (and I paraphrase) “He'll spend months trying to find a particular animal with no luck, but when Art Wolfe shows up, the animals just seem to appear.” In light of cases like this, I can't help but believe that God really does have a purpose for us all. Perhaps the animals appear for Art Wolfe because God's purpose for him is to share the beauty of nature with the rest of public. On the other hand, perhaps the success you've had is a result of God's will for you, not just your abilities. I believe we all are called for something, but I'm not sure it's something that we can figure out on our own. However, when we find it, I believe it becomes abundantly clear that it is what we were made for. If we follow God's purpose for our lives, I'm convinced we will live a more fulfilled and happy life than we could imagine for ourselves. Not necessarily because of greater success, but more importantly, because of the greater contentment that comes with fulfilling our purpose.

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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