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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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Signature

This is it.
This is what matters
The experience of a product.
How it makes someone feel.
When you start by imagining
What that might be like,
You step back.
You think.

Who will this help?
Will it make life better?
Does this deserve to exist?
If you are busy making everything,
How can you perfect anything?

We don’t believe in coincidence.
Or dumb luck.
There are a thousand “no’s”
For every “yes.”
We spend a lot of time
On a few great things.
Until every idea we touch
Enhances each life it touches.

We’re engineers and artists.
Craftsmen and inventors.
We sign our work.
You may rarely look at it.
But you’ll always feel it.
This is our signature.
And it means everything.

Designed by Apple in California Ad

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”  Jesus - John 13:34-35

Signature:  “something (as a tune, style, or logo) that serves to set apart or identify; also: a characteristic mark”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I’ve used examples of Apple products before.  I know not everyone who reads this is going to be a fan of Apple.  Apple has a way of polarizing people.  I don’t know why some people have a negative reaction to Apple, but I do know why people love Apple.  They have a signature.  And that signature is carried throughout every product.  It’s a feeling and a trust that the inside of my computer, my phone, or my tablet is as beautiful as the outside.  But this message is not about Apple.  It’s about you.  It’s about your character and mine.  It’s about what it means to be a follower of Christ.  And maybe you’re not a follower.  Maybe you’re skeptical about what’s on the inside of a Christian.  Maybe you’ve been polarized by a believer who didn’t act much like Jesus.  Read the add by Apple.  Apply it to yourself.  Especially if you call yourself a Christian.  Is everything you do worth existing?  Does everything you do enhance someone’s life?  It should.  Too often we’re tempted to explain our life by comparison.  We’re a good person because we don’t (insert gossip here).  There is only one person a Christian should ever compare themselves to.  That is Christ. That is why we’re called Christians.  What you’ll find is that Christ has a signature.  Not everyone will see it.  Not everyone will care.  It’s the signature of love.  It’s meant to be carried out in everything we do.  It’s what shapes our lives and our hearts.  Like Apple, it should be our goal to say of love, “This is our signature.  And it means everything.” 

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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