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, January 8, 2014

Bringing Out Our Best

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi

Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins. - Ecclesiastes 7:20

Censure: “a judgement involving condemnation” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What’s an “A” to you?  In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, by “A” I mean the letter grade you receive in school.  Is it worth everything?  Is it worth anything at all?  And who gets them?  Is it the hard workers, or the smart people only?  Does it put you into an exclusive club of achievement, or open the doors of success?  That “A” is a label as much as anything ever has been a label.  And sometimes labels are appropriate and good.  But it’s what we do with, what we make of, what we treat with, that makes the difference.  There are those who lazily earn As, Bs, Cs, Ds, and Fs.  There are those too, who struggle to earn a D.  And intelligence often has little to do with it.  Ability never.  And like anything else we put our hopes on, a grade can’t bring lasting happiness.  There’s no one quite as miserable as a person who’s never gotten a B.  Because an unwanted label is one failure away.  There have been many a straight A student who’s contemplated suicide because they simply couldn’t take the struggle for perfection any longer.  And at the same time, we’ve all failed to achieve something because we knew we couldn’t do it perfectly.  But have you ever received perfect service from anything built by human hands?  Never!  But the thoughts of serving someone paralyze many of us with the fear of being less than perfect.  What will happen if my restaurant serves someone a meal they don’t like?  What will happen if my bank gets a transfer wrong?  What will happen?  You want to know what will happen?  You’ll fix the mistake and go on.  Who's never had a meal they didn’t enjoy at a restaurant they loved?  Not very many.  Who’s never had an issue with their bank?  We’ve all been failed.  We expect it.  Don’t let failure keep you from trying something awesome.  Perfection is not something we can achieve on our own.  Leave your perfecting up to God.  Put your life into His hands, submit to His will, and watch Him influence you to do the right thing time after time.  I hope you’re not thinking that I’m suggesting we give up on trying our best.  Rather I’m suggesting that we refuse to let imperfection paralyze us.  I’m suggesting that we admit our failings.  I’m suggesting that Jesus Christ our Savior is the only One capable of saving us from them.  In the mean time, let’s do our best to accomplish something great.  Let’s do our best to forgive the failings of others trying to do something great too.  And most importantly, let’s let Jesus bring out the best in us.  His label on us is more important than any other.

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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