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, December 17, 2012

The Destination

Even though the journey’s long
An I know the road is hard
Well, the One who’s gone before me
He will help me carry on
And all that I’ve been through
Now I realize the truth
That I must go through the valley
To stand upon the mountain of God
 Written by:  Mac Power and Brown Bannister (from the song Mountain of God by Third Day)

Enter through the narrow gate.  For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.  Matthew 7:13-14

Waypoint:  “a stopping place on a journey”  New Oxford American Dictionary

Advice on life often emphasizes the journey.  I’ve even done it myself.  Emphasized appreciating life for what it is instead of what it could, should, or will be.  And that’s usually sound advice when it comes to our human experience.  Constant longing for the next advance damages our ability to appreciate the moments, and life itself.  However, there are times and tragedies in life that cannot be enjoyed, will not be understood, and must not be dwelt upon.  It’s in those terrible moments of life, that it becomes more clear than ever, that our spiritual journey overlaps, affects, and exists with our earthly goals.  And when it comes to our spiritual journey, the destination must be the focal point.  In our human experience here on earth, our destination, while it may be desired or predicted, is certainly unknown to us.  However, in our spiritual walk with God, our ultimate destination is known.  And knowing a destination changes the way we feel about our journey’s waypoints.  Yes, we should appreciate, learn from, and if possible, enjoy the waypoints of our spiritual journey.  But as in any journey, if they detract from the destination, we risk becoming lost.  As in all journeys, the destination has to be the focal point and the goal.  With a clear goal, hardships are more easily overcome and temptations are more easily avoided.  And when we have a clear goal, we are more likely to do what it takes to reach it.  However, there is no way we can achieve the goal of salvation on our own.  We must have a a guide.  We must have a Savior.  We must have Jesus.  He is the only one who knows the way.  Jesus IS the only way.  He said, “I am the way the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6  Let’s accept that.  Make it, make Him our guide.  If we do, we will find the journey of life becomes more about destination than it ever could without Him.  If we do, we can find comfort in times of trouble and peace in times of turmoil.  It’s all about destination.  Do you know yours?

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 of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?

Thank you for reading.  You mean a lot to me.

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