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 6, 2014

Knowing Your Duty

“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.” - Helen Keller

He has told you, O man, what is good;
  and what does the LORD require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
  and to walk humbly with your God?
- Micah 6:8

Duty: “a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility” - New Oxford American Dictionary

What are your duties?  Do they belong to your job?  Your country?  Your family?  And what exactly is a duty anyway?  We can see that our duties are the things we’re responsible for, by simply looking at a dictionaries definition.  But is there something more?  Do we take some duties too seriously, while ignoring others?  Our jobs for example.  Many people hold their work as their identity.  It is absolutely a duty that they be at work everyday, without fail.  And there’s nothing inherently wrong with that.  Unfortunately, many of us fail to be there for our families the way we’re available for our jobs.  And that leads me to the point I want to make.  Our ultimate duties are really the things no one else can do.  Very few of us have a job we go to that no one else can do.  Very few of us have daily tasks that couldn’t be done by someone else.  It’s sort of sad to say, but very few of us do much that can’t be replaced or replicated.  And so, if what we consider our duties can be done by someone else, are they top priority duties?  I’m in no way saying that we should give up on those things.  Rather, what I want to point out most of all is this.  We all have duty.  We all have things we can do that no else in the world can do.  We are all of utmost importance.  Can anyone be the mother you are?  Can anyone replace you as a husband?  Can anyone care for another in need, quite like you?  Can anyone be the brother or sister you are?  Can anyone worship our maker in your place?  Let’s see.  No, no, no, no, no.  Most of the things we spend the most of our time on don’t matter that much in the end.  We could be replaced at work.  Someone else could mow our lawns, or clean our houses.  Someone else could do most of the things we do.  My hope is this.  That each one of us would see our true duties in life.  That we would see the things only we can do, and then do them.  I pray that we all would fulfill those God given gifts we have implanted in us.  There is no better way to be fulfilled than to fulfill the duties we were made for.  That starts with our relationship with the Lord.  No one else can worship Him for you.  No one else can follow Him for you.  No one else can obey Him, trust Him, or live for Him for you.  If we could simply start there, the real duties in life would become crystal clear.  We would be compelled to perform any task before us with unparalleled effort.  We would be called to be affective for good in everything we do.  We would know our place and make it ours.  We would be indispensable.  We would be saved.  I pray we all know our duty.

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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