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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Friday, September 13, 2013

The Progression Of LIfe


But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings
That there will be a place with no more suffering
There will be a day with no more tears
No more pain, and no more fears
There will be a day when the burdens of this place
Will be no more, we’ll see Jesus face to face
But until that day, we’ll hold on to You always
Excerpt from the song There Will Be A Day by Jeremy Camp

So we do not lose heart.  Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.  For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.  2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Transient:  “passing especially quickly int and out of existence”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

I remember when my dog Clyde was a puppy.  I remember the first few rides were torture for him.  How he clung to me like he was afraid the current trip would produce the same results as his first ride.  That he would be given away once again.  I wanted so badly to be able to tell him in a way he could understand, that I would never give him away.  That he was safe to enjoy the ride.  That we were going to see people he would love.  I couldn’t wait until he knew how safe he was with us.  Now as his muzzle grays I wish I could go back to him as a puppy.  But then his baby Boone wouldn’t be here, and neither would the memories.  So much that life has added wouldn’t be here.  And someday so much of what life offers me now won’t be here anymore.  The things we love come and go.  They’re born to us, mature, and sometimes die.  It’s been called, “The circle of life,” but too often it feels a lot like death.  We’ve heard that we should live in this moment, appreciate what it has to offer and enjoy it.  And that’s true.  But moments are fleeting.  What we look forward to quickly becomes a memory.  There’s no place I’ve ever lived I wouldn’t like to return to someday.  I miss grade school.  I miss the first days of college.  I miss the times when my wife and I were simply surviving.  However, God has blessed me so much since all of those times.  I wouldn’t go back if I could.  And at 32, God willing, I know life has so much more to offer me in the future.  New babies, a family with kids, boundless possibilities.  We have this hope.  It’s a hope from the Creator Himself.  A hope that the future offers perfection.  That the sorrows, sadness, and gladness we experience in this life will not be the end, but the beginning of an eternity of perfect moments strung together in a line.  No more tears, no more death.  What will it be like to progress in time without progressing towards death.  Will there being maturing?  Will there be memories longed for?  I don’t have the answers, but I do have hope.  The hope of salvation.  It’s the progress of life, from transient to eternal.  It’s God saying to us as we cling to Him.  “You’re safe here with Me.”  “I will never leave you or forsake you.  Be Strong and courageous.”  Joshua 1:5b-6a.
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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