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, September 24, 2014

Relational Stories


“It isn’t just about the story.  It’s about my relationship to the story!” - Gary Trudeau (Creator of the comic Doonesbury)

But when I thought how to understand this, it seemed to me a wearisome task, until I went in the sanctuary of God; then I discerned their end. - Psalm 73:16-17

Jape: “to say or do something jokingly or mockingly” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

“That’s it, I’m done!” Mark shouted in his mind as he slammed yet another book down on the weathered white oak desk in back of the bookstore. “Nothing! Absolutely nothing.” He was so frustrated he could have cried, if it wouldn’t have made him feel like such a girl. Mark was tired and felt pointless. He had searched and searched, but couldn’t find anything he was looking for. Not that he could have told you what he was looking for if you asked however.  
“Something inspirational, something to touch my spirit. Something God. That’s all I’m asking.” Again, the words were incapsulated in his mind. To look at him you would see a perfectly calm thirty something average guy sitting at a table. To see what he was thinking...  Well, that’s a little different.
We can all be a little like that at times though huh. To look at us, we’re like a coral reef, all sea anemones and star fish peacefully existing with hardly a current to rough us up. On the inside though, it’s high tide and the seas are roaring. Smashing against the rock faces of land.  
“What’s the matter?” His wife asked. Wives have a way of seeing past the calm and into the storm. “I’ve been here for hours and all I have is this book of comics, scrapped out of old papers. It’s the only thing that’s captured my imagination this entire time, and I don’t know why. Here I am looking for God and all I have is newspaper!” “Well maybe newspaper is what you need.” She replied, as if it were completely obvious. “Newspaper is not what I need!” He yelled in his mind but whispered back to her. “How do you know?” Again, with a sense of the obvious, she japed. “Peanuts. Garfield. Dilbert!? How could this be something God speaks to me through?” He asked back sarcastically. “Since when is God limited?” How come questions so often become the ultimate answers to questions? Looking down at the page Doonesbury looked up at him. The caption read in all caps, “WHY? BECAUSE  IT ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE STORY. IT’S ABOUT MY RELATIONSHIP TO THE STORY! JOIN ME AS I JOIN THE STORY!”  
For that last week an a half Mark had been wondering why. Just like all of us, some crap had gone down and he was looking for an answer. He was looking for God to tell him something. Now it was a stupid comic strip. One of his least favorites too. But there was no denying that God had a word for him in it. “It’s about the relationship.”  
God isn’t about life and death. He’s not about happiness and sadness. Not all the time anyway. He’s about relationship. And He wants one with all of us. No matter, in spite of, and because of what’s going on in our lives. But then again. Are we willing to listen for Him? Are we willing to realize that the rocks aren’t going anywhere no matter how hard we crash against them? Can we see that Jesus is the rock we’re crashing against? He’ll always be there. Constantly affecting our lives. Constantly effecting our lives. Can we be at peace with that? Can we handle God’s relationship to our story? Are we willing to join Him as He joins our story? I pray so. Because it’s about a relationship.

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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