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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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Passion

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer.  Always remember, you have with you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, know that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward.  You are serving the Lord Christ. - Colossians 3:23-24

Passion:  “the sufferings of Christ between the night of the Last Supper and His death” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

You’ve probably heard of the Midas touch. That it’s a term named after a legendary and mythological king Midas who could tern anything into gold simply through a touch. You’ve probably known people who seemingly had this ability. A name may be popping into your mind right now as you read this. Perhaps it’s you. It’s hard to know what exactly it is. This ability to make anything succeed simply by being involved in it. However, I think it has a lot to do with passion. What’s the difference between a good piece of art and a lackluster one? What gives a photo or painting that “spark” which makes all the difference? For me, art needs to stir my imagination. I need to be able to wonder whether a certain brush stroke could be any better, or if the artist meant to imply on object or feeling into an abstract shape. A good work of art can be studied and stared at and never quite understood. Where does that come from? I’m not sure, but I don’t think an artist can really deliver the art they’re capable of without passion. They may be able to deliver good work, technically sound work, but not great work. There’s something about passion that gives a curve better proportion, a space better imagery, a composition better quality.  It’s not the brush, the technique, or the medium, but the stroke of passion that makes all the difference. The same equipment has been used. The same time of day and year. The same light and location. But no one has ever been able to replicate an Ansel Adams photograph. Why? It’s what he was made for. And I can’t help but believe he had a passion for it. There may be things we have a passion for but that we’re simply not made for. You may have a passion for painting, but can’t paint to save your life. You may have a passion for driving fast, but could never control a car the way Michael Schumacher can. But, you were made for something. There is something you’re better at than anybody you know. I don’t think most of us don’t know what that is. However, most of us know of something we’re confident in. It’s those things, that when passion is applied, become brilliant works of art. I don’t care if it’s in a sale, an everyday job, a painting; they all can be brilliant works of art, when passion and skill is applied. You have a work of art in you. It was given to you by the Creator. The Creator who gave His Son a passion. A passion for you and me. It was the greatest passion that day a little of 2000 years ago that lead to our salvation on the Cross. So that no matter what we’ve done, no matter where we’ve failed, a Midas touch could be applied to our lives. And not a mythological Midas, but a true and real and everlasting value that can’t be compared or bought with gold. It took a passion to accomplish that task. A passion we can all appreciate. A passion no one can emulate, but that we can all be inspired by. What is you passion?

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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