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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Monday, July 1, 2013

Not A Moment To Spare

“We grow small trying to be great.”  David Hockney

By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.  Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.  Genesis 2:2-3

Deference:  “respect and esteem due a superior or an elder”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Every part of me, well a lot of me anyway, wants to go back to sleep sometimes.  Not even a purple and pink sunrise can make it seem worthwhile to get out of bed.  But we don’t always get up for ourselves.  We get up for work, for kids, for animals, and sometimes for God.  Sleep has a way of drawing us in.  Our bodies and minds need it.  Our life is full of it.  But why?  What about rest do we need?  It doesn’t take long for our bodies to shutdown from lack of sleep.  Why?  Why, when we need energy couldn’t we just eat some more food?  Why do we have to sleep?  I know there is a reason, but this isn’t really about the science of sleep.  This is about our need to rest.  We often fight sleep.  When we were kids we wanted to stay up and watch another movie, or play another game.  As adults we want to be able to get some more work done, or act like a kid.  We’ve even come up with a saying.  “Burning the candle at both ends.”  Too much to do when we’re awake, not enough time to rest.  It seems funny that with all the things we have accomplished, all the buildings we’ve made, books we’ve written, airplanes we’ve flown, we can’t conquer the needs of our bodies.  We were created with limits.  We were created to worship.  There is nothing like a sunset to put you to sleep and nothing better to see than a sunrise when waking.  I know, we are all created differently.  Some would rather not ever see a sunrise.  To some a sunrise is the telltale sign of an awful morning.  To some, going to bed with the sun means missing out on a night full of life.  I won’t argue the merits of going to bed and getting up early.  I’m not sure there are merits to be argued.  However, I will argue that we all need rest.  Even God rested after creation.  On that first seventh day, He had looked at everything He had made and said it was very good.  Then He took a break.  Then we messed up and He hasn't been able to rest since.  But that’s a whole other story.  So what’s my point?  My point is that we should appreciate our limitations.  Sometimes we spend too much time trying to conquer and not enough time trying to appreciate.  There’s nothing wrong with accomplishment.  God calls us to accomplish as much as we can for Him.  However, He also put us in a system that requires us to stop.  He requires that we rest.  And so we might as well enjoy the rest He’s given us.  We might as well enjoy the fact that we haven’t beaten everything.  That sometimes we just have to take a look at the view.  Life comes with moments to spare, too often we live like there are none to be had.  And I’m afraid one day we’ll realize, those moments we thought we couldn’t spare were actually the moments we couldn’t spare.  

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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