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, December 31, 2014

Staying Connected


“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.” - Herman Melville

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. - Romans 12:4-5

Pococurante: “indifferent, nonchalant” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Whatever you’re doing in life, it’s worth staying connected. Connected not only to what you’re doing, but the people you’re doing it with. To be honest, I’m not a huge “team” fan. I appreciate teams and I know the power they possess by nature. But I’m just not into doing everything as a team. And not everything can be done as a team. It is nearly impossible for teams to make quick decisions. And while teams can lift the abilities of many of their members, they can also dilute the talents of some. So it’s important that we balance the use of teamwork in our lives and work and organizations. However, we should always be connected. We should know what other people think. We should be able to respond in a relevant way to the needs and questions of those around us. Working as an individual or making executive decisions does not exclude us from being a part of a process that involves other people. In fact, the more individual your work becomes, the more you need to be in tune with those things and people affected by what you do. Know them, care about them, work for them. Because no matter who or what is around us, no matter if we’re alone or one in a crowd, whatever we’re doing, we’re not doing it completely for ourselves. Even watching a stupid TV show all by ourselves in a dark room is not just for us. There are people’s jobs that depend on what kind of TV we watch. So if you’re a leader, a follower, or just jumped on a bandwagon, care about what you’re doing and how you’re connected. It makes a difference to everything. Jesus never did anything He wasn’t absolutely purposeful about. He didn’t need a disciple to give Him advice. He didn’t need help being God in any sort of way. He was and is God. But He chose to connect. He worked through people, touched people, wept… He is the King of kings and Lord of lords, but He chooses to be with you and me. He chooses to be connected, to stay in tune, and to love. He is Love, and love is what being connected is all about. It is that love that created Jesus’ need for one thing. Because He so badly wants to be connected with us, He needed help with one thing. He needed someone to kill Him. You see, it’s through our connections that we share our love. A fiery speech, a heroic act, a great achievement; they can inspire and influence, but they loose their affect without a connection. We must stay connected to show that we care. Jesus, the King of the universe does it. Can we?

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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