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 11, 2013

The Routine

“To achieve great things, you need a plan and not quite enough time.”  Leonard Bernstein

“All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful.  “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything.  1 Corinthians 6:12

Routine:  “habitual or mechanical performance of an established procedure”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Do you have a routine?  Whether we realize it or not, most of us probably have routines.  One of my routines is to get up early in the morning, pray, read the Bible for 15 minutes, read another spiritual book for 10 minutes, meditate (usually nap) for twenty minutes, then write this.  That’s a pretty elaborate routine I know.  Especially when it all happens before I go to work at 6:20.  And for me it’s easy to become a slave to the routine.  It’s easy to feel as if I’ve failed God if I didn’t read the Bible for exactly 15 minutes or more.  Or if I didn’t meditate on Him for 20 minutes.  But the fact of the matter is, sometimes there are more important things than the routine.  For many of us, routines help us cope with the demands of life.  They give us something steady to rely on.  However, sometimes the routine is what keeps us from meeting the demands of humanity, and even God.  Even a routine of worship doesn’t always offer worship in the most affective way.  Whitney and I are expecting a baby in January.  It will be our first, so everything will be a learning experience.  I know some of my routines will change.  Probably all of them.  If it’s God’s will I know I will continue to write these messages every week-day.  However, my morning routine may change a little.  My prayers may be a little shorter, my time of meditation may be a little different, but my heart will remain in the same place.  Sometimes it’s good to be late for work, when it’s to help a stranded motorist along the way.  Sometimes a shorter prayer is better, when it’s supplanted with an act of service.  And sometimes doing what the Bible says is more important than reading it for a set amount of time and no less.  It’s important to know that most of our routines are man made.  Often we treat them like they’re a requirement.  But God gave us few routines.  Certainly the Bible never laid out what we should do every morning before we go to work.  God is not worshiped in our routines, but in our hearts.  In no way am I saying that routines are bad.  God works miracles in and through them.  However, routines should not be seen as unbreakable.  I know we all have different personalities and for some of us a routine is almost unbearable, while for others it’s essential.  Either way, we need to be able to see the actions of our lives for what they’re really for.  That is to do the will and work of our Creator.  If anything gets in the way of that, whether it’s a drinking habit, or a spiritual one, it should be evaluated what it’s for.  Is it for ourselves ultimately, or is it for God.  Everything we do should, in the end, be for God.  Sometimes that looks a lot like something for ourselves.  And in fact there couldn’t be anything more important that we do for ourselves.  Sometimes we all need a break.  God did not create us to be robots.  He created us to be willing and joyful servants.  If anything we do causes us to lose our joy or our service in and for Him, it’s probably not of Him.  At least not in that moment.

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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