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, May 22, 2013

It Takes Obedience

“One act of obedience is better than one hundred sermons.”  Dietrich Bonhoeffer

With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!  Psalm 119:10

Canker:  “to become corrupted”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I have come to believe that obedience is like a muscle.  It must be used, it must be exercised, to be strengthened.  It’s not always easy.  It’s not usually easy.  But it can become a lifestyle with practice and repetition.  The beginning of a workout routine is always hard.  I don’t think most of us like the first few days at the gym or on the track.  But by doing it over and over it becomes almost habitual and failure becomes more and more disappointing.  With time it becomes a part of life, like brushing our teeth, or washing our clothes.  It’s the same with obedience.  It can be difficult, but to use a concept I learned from Tony Robbins, the things that are hard get easier when we change the way we think about them.  For example, the mere act of running can seem awful when all we think about is the pain and the boredom that can come with it.  After all, an evening of TV on the couch is much more enjoyable than an afternoon of, “I think I can, I think I can.”  However, if we concentrate on the rewards, the act of obedience starts to make much more sense and becomes a little easier.  Hitting the gym becomes easier when we concentrate on the results.  And sitting on the couch seems a lot less attractive when we see the results.  The same is true for God’s will in our lives.  Obedience to Him will always result in the happiest, most fulfilled lives possible.  However, it can be hard.  It’s not always easy to get up and pray early in the morning.  It’s not always easy to apologize for an unkind word.  It’s not always easy to act like servant.  It seems like living for ourselves and amassing all the stuff we can get our hands on would bring the most amount of happiness.  It seems like sleeping-in should satisfy more than getting up to be with the Lord.  It seems like forgetting about how we hurt another’s feelings would be the quickest way to smooth out a rough patch in a relationship.  Those are the souls equivalent of sitting on the couch.  They may bring peace and rest in the moment, but their results aren’t so desirable.  I think we all understand that.  Obedience may not bring wealth.  It may not bring the most restful night.  It may not even bring more friends.  But it will bring satisfaction, joy, and rest.  I’m not talking about the satisfaction of indulgence, but true satisfaction of an honorable life.  I’m not talking about the happiness of a pleasurable moment, but the true joy of the Lord.  I’m not talking about the rest found between our sheets, but the true rest in the comfort of Jesus.  To get anywhere and effort must be made.  Fortunately, our effort is not to get to heaven, Jesus works that out for us.  Rather, our effort is to reciprocate His love.  He knows what is best for our lives and in His love He shows us how to get it.  It takes obedience.

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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