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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Friday, January 3, 2014

Be Healthy, Be Happy

“One should eat to live, not live to eat.” - Benjamin Franklin

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God?  You are not your own, for you were bought with a price.  So glorify God in your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Morass: “an area of muddy or boggy ground” - New Oxford American Dictionary

How are you feeling?  Tired?  Run-Down?  Heavy?  It’s easy to slip into a health morass, especially this time of year, when the daylight is short and the meals are long and heavy.  I know I notice it a lot.  When I don’t live a healthy lifestyle, every other part of my life suffers.  You weren’t made to feel unhealthy.  You were made to feel light on your feet.  Your brain was made to feel functional and efficient.  You were made to have enough energy to share it with the world.  Now I know some of us suffer from things we can’t change.  Things that prevent us from being exactly like Chuck Norris.  But many of us could be feeling better than we do.  I remember when I was a kid, across the street from where we lived was a small Frito-Lay distribution center.  One day, being a kid, I decided I would check out what was in their dumpster.  To my surprise and great delight, it was full of boxes of unopened, unspoiled, very delicious food.  This was not any old dumpster full of dirty, stinky trash.  It was the dumpster full things Frito-Lay couldn’t sell.  And so one afternoon I came home with a cherry pie.  I remember being asked where I got the pie.  I simply responded that I found it in the dumpster across from Frito-Lay.  I don’t need to tell you, the pie was thrown away and I was told to stay out of their dumpster.  In many ways that’s how we treat our bodies today.  Pies are delicious.  Chips are crave-able.  Sugar is sweet, and you know, that’s a good thing.  But not everything that is delicious, not everything we crave, not everything sweet, is good.  It’s the substance of things that determines its goodness.  Vitamins, minerals, energy.  Those are just a few of the really good things we need from what we ingest.  Flavor is not on the list of things that are healthy.  If we want a good output, we need a good input.  I’m not a health expert.  But I can deduce what God put on this earth for us to eat.  Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and nuts, healthy proteins and legumes.  It’s really not that hard to find the corruption in the food we eat.  If it’s been enhanced with sugar and salt, if it’s been stripped of nutrients, it’s been corrupted in order to sell.  I’m not advocating we shouldn’t try to be happy with what we consume, but that those things that aren’t so good, should be consumed carefully and in moderation.  We are being bombarded from every direction.  If Satan can make you feel tired and lazy, he will.  If he can convince you that you can’t achieve anything good, he will.  If he can sedate you, put you on the couch to stay, he will.  Let’s rip our lives out of his hands.  Let’s reclaim that part of us that is healthy and strong.  Let’s get our minds in good working order.  Let’s get out of the dumpsters of life, and onto the trails of happiness.  Let’s choose good and reject the tempting.  Let’s realize it won’t be easy and that we’ll need help.  But that just like in every other aspect of life.  Where do we find our help?  “[Our] help comes from the Lord.” - Psalm 121:2

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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