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 24, 2014

Character And Traits

“You can tell a lot about a fellow’s character by his way of eating jellybeans.” - Ronald Reagan

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:2

Character: “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual” - New Oxford American Dictionary

What are your traits?  Come on, I know you have some.  You don’t have to shout them to the world, but at least think for a second with me about the traits you naturally have.  And by traits, I mean your tendencies.  Do you naturally love people for who they are, not what they do?  If so, that is awesome.  Are you impatient, with a tendency to get angry and be discourteous to others?  If so, your like the rest of us.  And I use the word “us” deliberately, because I’m included in that bunch.  Good news!  Your traits don’t have to define you.  I know we often use the phrase “Character traits” to describe how someone acts, but we can stop that now if we choose.  We can stop using that term when Christ enters into our being.  It is very difficult, even impossible to change what we naturally do.  It’s in our nature to be fallen, imperfect, and downright bad.  Sure, we have good traits too, but our fallen nature usually uses them for selfish reasons.  You know; we’re nice so that we can be treated nicely, we’re apologetic because we want to be forgiven, we give simply because it makes us feel good.  Those are examples of good traits used to empower a not so good character.  But Jesus can change a character.  He can change us in ways we didn’t know was possible, maybe didn’t realize was even available.  With Christ in our hearts; we can start to be kind to people, knowing they will probably never be kind in return, we can apologize, even when forgiveness isn’t available, we can give without anyone ever knowing, simply because someone needs our help.  Our traits don’t have to define our character.  Simply put, Christ should be the One who drives who we are.  He should be the One we allow to create a new character in us.  “Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.” - Psalm 51:10

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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