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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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Distractions and Reality

“God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are.”  Billy Graham

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.  Philippians 4:8

Lilt:  “rhythmic swing or cadence”  Dictionary.com

Distractions...  I just spent 45 minutes looking at podcasting microphones on the internet.  Someday I think it might be cool to do a podcast, but that’s not what I’m trying to accomplish this morning.  It was a distraction from what my first priority for this morning was.  To get a message out to you.  But thank goodness.  Everything seems to work out the way it should.  Yes, comparing microphones on my iPad may have been a distraction, but it also gave me a subject.  That being...  Distractions of course.  How often are we distracted from what we should be doing in our lives?  Probably quite a bit.  To answer that however, we need to know what our main objective should be.  Why are we here?  To answer that let’s look at our creator and what He’s done for us.  Hebrews 12:2 says, “For the JOY set before Him, He endured the cross.”  So why are we here?  The joy of our Maker.  Great, now my dog just threw up all over the floor.  Another distraction!  With that in mind, I want to talk about a couple types of distractions.  I’ll call them “volunteer,” and “imposed.”  Volunteer distractions are like the one I experienced this morning comparing microphones.  Imposed being like the dog puke I just cleaned up.  We’ll all experience both types every day.  They don’t even have to include our physical bodies.  They can remain incapsulated in our minds.  You may have just experienced a few while reading this.  The point I want to make today, is not that distractions are bad and should be avoided.  Rather, what we do with our distractions and what we do during our distractions.  I’ve heard it said that we should always be able to respond to Jesus.  In other words, we should nurture our relationship with God, just like we would a spouse or family member.  We are here for the joy of Christ Every relationship we have is ultimately to provide joy and happiness.  Our relationship with God is no different.  We are in a relationship with Him whether we like it or not.  But it’s through a nurturing of that relationship that His joy can be found in our lives.  That joy set before Jesus is reciprocal.  He finds joy with us.  And there is no greater joy than to be with Him.  So whatever is distracting us, whether it imposed upon us, or purely voluntary, let’s remember what life is really about.  Relationship.  Let’s foster and care for our relationships.  Build them into what they should be.  Healthy sources of joy and happiness.  And let’s remember the source of relations and joy.  The One who made us to enjoy them, to enjoy Him.  Our Heavenly Father.  Now let’s go out and enjoy the lilt of life between distractions and reality.  Squirrel!  

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,
Jake

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