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, March 31, 2014

A Work In Us

“Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.” - Winston Churchill

Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. - Ephesians 3:20-21

Potential: “latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness” - New Oxford American Dictionary

It’s hard starting something new. To try to learn new things and become proficient at new skills. If you’re at all like me, you want to be an expert the moment you start. I hate not being good at what I’m doing. As a result, I often give up too soon. I’m unwilling to go through the learning and skill building process. And that’s unfortunate because there are a lot of things we could do if we simply had the patience to learn how. I remember learning the guitar. It took a long time to learn enough cords to be able to play a song. But I didn’t give up. I remember learning how to read. It was hard learning all the sounds letters can make when they’re combined. But I didn’t give up. I can remember learning to ride a bicycle. I fell a lot at first. But I didn’t give up. So why do I give up learning so easily now? Maybe you’ve been feeling this too. Why do we learn how to give up so easily as we grow up? I don’t know. I’m sure it has something to do with our brain’s wiring or something like that. But I also think it has to do with pride as well. Speaking for myself alone. I’m often too proud to try something I’m not good at. If I’m not good at whatever it is I’m trying, I simply stop. When we were kids, pride didn’t come into the equation so easily. I didn’t expect to be able to read right away, I didn’t expect to be able to ride a bike out of the blue, I expected to be a horrible guitar player for a while. So pride didn’t come into the process. But there was something more. That something was expectation. At the same time that I didn’t expect to be good in the moment, I expected to become better, to someday be proficient, to someday even become an expert. That expectation kept me going. Perhaps it did for you too. What if we focused on what could be, now? What if, instead of being disappointed at our current abilities, we look forward to what they could become? What if we were motivated by potential instead of current ability? From now on, let’s try to focus on what could be. Let’s try to see the possibilities to our lives. Let’s reject the discouragement that prevails so much in us. Because we are more than our failures. We are better than our shortcomings. We have more to offer. Because God gave us the ability to grow, to learn, and to become something greater. He wants to work in us, and what could be more effective than God working in us?

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,


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