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, January 23, 2013

Integral Improvements

If God is your partner, make your plans big!  D.L. Moody

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought with a price.  Therefore honor God with your body.  1 Corinthians 6:20

Integral:  “essential to completeness”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Yesterday I bought some new memory for my wife’s computer.  She is a photographer and relies on her computer to do her work.  Without it, there is no way she could do her job effectively.  It’s pretty simple when it comes to my wife’s business.  She needs her computer and whatever other tools of her trade to function well at all times.  But when it comes to us, we often can’t find that same insight.  We often forget that we require care just like anything else.  This is especially a problem in the United States.  We wonder why our health care system doesn’t keep people alive longer or doesn’t keep our population free of disease.  So while we pump money into medicating the symptoms we often forget about the problem.  People aren’t taking care of their bodies.  I work for the US Air Force.  The Air Force has adopted a fitness policy that hinges on four discernible aspects it sees as vital to whole health.  They are, physical, spiritual, mental, and social.  If any one of these attributes of fitness is neglected the whole health of the person is in jeopardy.  I’ll tell you this, in the Air Force I bet less than ten percent could list those four attributes of fitness, but everyone could tell you how important physical fitness is.  Why?  Because the Air Force requires that we all perform a physical fitness test at least once a year, and twice for many.  No universal test exists for any of the other aspects of fitness.  You may be wondering why, but as you do, think about your fitness program.  Does it include being healthy in all areas?  The church focuses rightly on spiritual health, then social and mental, often forgetting completely about physical health.  But the physicality of our bodies really can impact every other facet of our health.  Like memory in a computer, it’s integral to our fitness.  I bought memory for my wife’s computer yesterday, not because it will in all situations change anything at all.  However, it will give the entire system the ability to do more with what it has, and allow it to more easily reach peak performance.  So with this simple example in mind, I’ll leave us with a couple questions.  Is there an easy way we can improve our ability to do more with what we have?  If God needed peak performance from us, would we be able to deliver?

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?
Thanks for reading,

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