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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Monday, January 13, 2014

A Father's Perspective

“How great is our God - sing with me
How great is our God - and all will see
How great, how great is our God.”
- From the song How Great Is Our God by Christ Tomlin

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. - Exodus 20-12

Honor: “a thing conferred as a distinction, esp. an official award for bravery or achievement” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Funny, up to this point I’ve never fully understood the fifth commandment.  “Honor your father and your mother.”  I’ve always seen it from a child’s perspective.  That to honor means to obey, to emulate, or even to respect.  Looking at my four day old little girl I see full well what is meant.  It’s not a law that has to be balanced in way that we don’t have to obey a parents faulty desires.  It doesn’t mean we balance respect for and safety from an abusive parent.  We don’t have to emulate a person just because they’re our parent.  That’s not the law’s intent.  It means so much more.  What I want from my daughter is not obedience, it’s not emulation, it’s not for her to live out my dreams for her life.  Although I will do my best to deserve those things, and will at times demand them.  What I really want from my daughter is for her to truly honor me.  That means she lives a life to be proud of.  That she lives a life that can be respected.  That she does what is right.  That she is just.  That doesn’t mean she’ll be perfect.  I don’t expect that from her.  But that she’ll…  I’m speechless.  But if you have kids, I think you know what I mean.  And if you don’t have kids yet, I pray you someday will.  Live with a parents perspective.  It’s the closest thing I’ve experienced yet, to seeing humanity from The Father’s perspective.

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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