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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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Friday, April 19, 2013

Satisfied?


“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them into the impossible.”  Arthur C. Clark

When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”  1 Corinthians 15:54

Cornice:  “any of various other ornamental horizontal moldings or bands, as for concealing hooks or rods from which curtains are hung or for supporting picture hooks.”  Dictionary.com

What blows my mind is the amount of stuff we can be dissatisfied with.  Houses lose their value.  Cars lose their luster.  And there’s always something enticing us.  When we have an old car we want a new one.  Then we get a new one and want an old one.  There’s nothing wrong with enjoying life.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting and having things.  But of what value are they in our lives?  To answer that we have to decide what our life really is.  Is it the years we have on earth?  No.  It’s eternity.  But an eternity of what?  I’m not sure I could say.  I certainly can’t predict your eternal future.  But God can.  He knows the destination of our paths.  He knows the satisfaction of our desires.  He knows what we need and don’t need.  I’m like you.  I would like to have a Ferrari and a yacht.  And I want a nice big house with a nice big piece of property and a nice big view.  Will I ever have any of those things?  I already do!  Maybe I don’t have a Ferrari or a yacht.  But I do have cars I love and what some would consider a nice big house.  I don’t have a big piece of property, but I do have a gorgeous view.  My point is this.  I could list a bunch of things I want.  And that’s fine.  But I also need to remember the things I have.  Try this as an experiment.  Try getting on your knees and thanking God for the things you have.  I mean everything that’s a blessing in your life.  Start investigating deeply what God has given us.  I tried it one time and was amazed.  The list of things to be thankful for seemed unending.  My list of desires paled in comparison.  We have transportation that’s easier than any other time in history.  Roads to travel on that could take us nearly anywhere we desired.  People who work for the public to make our lives better.  Concrete to put on our driveways and build our buildings with.  Sunshine to brighten our moods.  Rain to grow our foods.  Trees to give us shade.  Plains to give us vistas.  Windows that give us the ability to stay out of the elements but still provide a view.  Clothes that keep us warm.  Dirt that supports vegetation.  Rocks that provide beauty and stability.  Sand that softens a place to sit and watch the ocean.  See what I mean?  Blessing after blessing.  But are they satisfying?  I know there are some who would immediately replay with a resounding, “NO!”  Can they be satisfying?  Heck yes!  All of the elements of a blessed and satisfied life are there for the taking.  No, not everyone is satisfied with the same things.  But there’s no end to the choices in the smorgasbord of God’s gifts.  He wants to satisfy every soul.  Fulfill every life.  Expound every bounty.  The key is to realize that it’s all a blessing from Him.  My cars, my house, and all my other belongings aren’t something I’ve blessed myself with.  Ya, I’ve worked for them and pay for them with the money I’ve worked for.  But who gave me my ability to do my job?  Who put me in a place to do the job I do?  Who gave us intelligence to learn how to work together to make the world a better place?  God did.  And it’s in knowing that, that all things take on the form of a blessing.  It’s in knowing that all we have is a gift that we can begin to appreciate what we have, and at the same time be able to give it up.  A big house is great.  But how long are we going to live in it.  Not very long when we think of our lives as being eternal.  Cars and airplanes are cool, but not so much if we had the ability to fly.  There is so much more to look forward to.  By becoming attached to the cornices of this world we limit ourselves from enjoying them for what they really are.  Temporary gifts that are a mere taste of things to come.  Living for this world is like trading a billion dollar inheritance for a bicycle on our twelfth birthday.  Ya, we may have to wait for one, but with a proper perspective we won’t have to wait for long.  Plus, God wants us to have the bicycle too.  However, He want’s us to live for Him and with the perspective that He is the one who provides.  That He is able to clothe us in the imperishable and do the impossible in our lives.  It’s all about Him.  And He’s all about our satisfaction.  He even sent His son to die for us, so that we could have eternal satisfaction.

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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