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, December 24, 2013

The Beautiful Cragged Life

“Think of all the beauty still around you and be happy.” - Anne Frank

He has made everything beautiful in its time.  Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. - Ecclesiastes 3:11

Crag: “a steep rugged rock or cliff” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

A perfectly winding stream trails its way through a valley, surrounded by gray and white cragged mountains.  Sheep, goats, camels, horses, and a few people surround quaint, sometimes brightly colored circular dwellings called yurts.  Family, food, work, play; all exist just steps apart from one another.  Then the season changes and a new kind of beauty presents itself.  To me there is little more beautiful than the Chinese nomadic way of life.  Something about it fascinates me.  I’m drawn to it in a strange sort of way.  I love the rugged beauty of the whole thing.  As if it is the perfect blend of life and humanity.  Of civilization and wilderness.  But then I think, “What’s wrong with the way I live?”  “Is there beauty right in front of me that I’m missing?”  And so I take a look around.  Looking intentionally for the serenity of the life I live.  It’s here.  It’s everywhere.  I may not live like a nomad, but maybe I should look a little differently at the life given to me.  Those rose colored glasses aren’t just for someone else's life.  They can portray mine as well.  And yours too.  As I look around at my life, where I live, who I share it with, the luxuries available to me; I can’t help but be thankful for the beautiful life I get to live.  What beauty is there in your life?  That may be a sore subject for you.  That may be a question you’ve asked over and over, looking for something to grasp hold of.  It saddens me to know that some people aren’t as happy as others.  I wish that everyone could live the perfect life.  However, none of us do.  We’ll have to wait on heaven for that.  Still, Jesus wants to be a part of your life right now.  He created a beautiful world.  Sin has ruined much of that beauty, but His Spirit remains.  Living in us if we accept His presence.  And it’s that presence in us that makes any place, any life, beautiful.  Whether it’s in the Steppes of Mongolia, or the deserts of Iraq, there is beauty because of the Creator.  I hope you see it too.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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