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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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Learn To Follow

“Humility and the fear of the LORD bring wealth and honor and life.”  Solomon - Proverbs 22:4

Then Jesus told His disciples, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.”  Matthew 16:24

Follow:  “to engage in as a calling or way of life”  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

In a world that focuses on leadership, it seems strange to say, but knowing how to follow is one of the greatest skills a person can ever have.  At any given time we could easily bombard ourselves with stories of great leadership.  Stories of Patton, Churchill, Lincoln, and Washington will stand the test of time for sure.  But those stories would have never existed without courageous followers in the background.  The movie, Midway, famously depicts the Naval chess-match between Admirals Chester W. Nimitz and Isoroko Yamamoto in the great battle that goes by the same name.  And while it’s true that great leadership helped win that battle, what is also true, is that Nimitz won because the American sailors were able to swap weapons payloads on their aircraft faster than their Japanese counterparts.  Whether the type of aircraft and the weapons used made a difference, I don’t know.  However, what I do know, is that the Americans could have never won without a cadre of experts who knew how to follow.  Who knew the importance of simply changing from torpedoes to bombs and vice versa.  It’s not always fun.  You’re probably not going to be glamorized in movies, but being able to follow is just as important as being able to lead.  In fact, it’s a pre-requisite.  I can remember my experience in basic military training like it was yesterday.  In everything we did, we followed a rule or a leader.  If the instructions said the t-shirts had to be folded into four inch squares, that’s what we followed.  When the troop commander marching the squadron said, “column left...”  on “harch!” we followed.  Without question.  More than anything else, basic training is meant to teach individuals, that by simply following they can do much more than they ever thought they could.  As teams and as an individuals.  It’s only after mastering the ability to follow that one is given the responsibility to lead.  That may sound strange and hard, but it’s really no different than for anyone else.  Every job, every public task, every day, requires the ability to follow.  It’s no different in our spiritual lives as well.  Too often we want to lead when we’ve refused to follow Jesus into the trenches.  Too often we try to dictate our service instead of simply doing what Gods asked.  Even Jesus, Paul said, “Who though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.”  Philippians 2:6-8  And it is because Jesus followed God to the Cross that He was able to accomplish so much.  It’s because He took on the role of a servant that we are saved.  And it is because of His servanthood that we follow Him all the more.  We need to learn to follow, learn to be servants; and be happy in it, before we can ever expect to make a difference as a leader.  Join me in learning how to follow.

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?

Thank you for reading.  You mean a lot to me.

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