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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, March 17, 2014

The Walk

“The glory of God is man fully alive.”  St. Irenaeus 

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.  1 Thessalonians 5:9

Posterity:  “all future generations”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What do you see when you close your eyes and think about the future?  Who’s in it, where are you at, what do you have, what’s on your face?  Is there a smile, a husband or wife, a beautiful home, a dream car?  What are you doing?  Are you hiking, riding a bike, raising a family, perhaps working?  We all have a future.  Everyone’s is different.  We all want it to be filled with happiness and joy.  Some of us plan our futures, confident  and determined to make sure they include all the things we want, need, and desire.  Some of us never think about our future, doubting our abilities and trusting fate to control our destiny.  The thing is, there’s no guarantee either of these methods will provide the things that make life worth living.  In his book Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill talks about having a “burning desire” that can bring fame, fortune, and happiness.  But can it?  We’ve all heard the phrase, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”  Certainly desiring something, or willing something, increases our chances of achieving that thing.  But it doesn’t guarantee it.  That fact is, there’s no guarantee we’ll live past tomorrow, let alone that the day after will be filled with fortune.  There is a way to guarantee fulfillment however.  There is a way to guarantee joy.  And a way to guarantee satisfaction.  It’s in our leadership.  No, not our leadership abilities, rather what’s leading us.  We’re all being led by something.  Maybe it’s our dream house we’ll have someday.  Maybe it’s that proverbial “corner office.”  Or perhaps it’s just the desire to not think about our future.  None of the things I just listed and none of the possessions you desire can ever guarantee fulfillment, joy, or satisfaction.  In fact, they’re guaranteed to fail you.  The dream house will disappoint, the corner office will bring burden, and living for the moment will bring misery.  So what am I getting at?  What can bring those things?  What should we see when we close our eyes and dream about the future?  A walk.  What?  That’s right, a walk.  A walk with our Savior leading the way.  A walk in humility and servitude towards our Maker.  We’re all gonna serve something.  Whether it’s the house, the car, the job.  Nothing comes without strings attached.  Might as well serve the One who can bring joy, fulfillment, and  satisfaction.  Might as well serve God.  It’s the only thing that brings joy to God, joy to our hearts, and joy to those around us.  Nothing is quite as joyous as the presence of God in our lives.  Nothing fulfills like making a difference in someone else’s life.  And nothing satisfies like the love poured out on the Cross for us.  So what do you see when you close your eyes?  Hopefully for all of us it’s a walk with Him.

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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