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, March 5, 2014

The Resistance

“The resistance that you fight physically in the gym and the resistance that you fight in life can only build a strong character.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger

Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in, how Jerusalem lies in ruins with its gates burned. Come, let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer suffer derision.” And I told them of the hand of my God that had been upon me for good, and also of the words that the king had spoken to me. And they said, “Let us rise up and build.” So they strengthened their hands for the good work. But when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite servant and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they jeered at us and despised us and said, “What is this thing that you are doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” Then I replied to them, “The God of heaven will make us prosper, and we his servants will arise and build, but you have no portion or right or claim in Jerusalem.” - Nehemiah 2:17-20

Resistance: “the ability to prevent something from having an effect” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

What happens when intelligence crosses sanity? When what is right doesn’t seem normal? When we know that what is normal isn’t right? We’ll be challenged throughout our lives on our normality. We’ll be labeled for not fitting in. We’ll be lambasted for being somewhat crazy at times. However, if you want to get anything done, you’ll have to brave the human elements. The elements of bullying, ridicule, and sometimes even hate. “You can’t do that!” “You’ll never be able too…” “You’re crazy.” Do any of these phrases sound familiar? Remember those kids in school that had a hard time? The ones labeled with dyslexia, who couldn’t read very well sometimes, who had a hard time comprehending the information in a classroom or school environment? A list of notable CEOs and entrepreneurs would reveal numerous people with dyslexia. Those people who didn’t want to go along with the crowd and get a college education because school was never for them. A list of ultra successful entrepreneurs would include many of them too. But then again, maybe you were made fun of for wanting to go to school. Statistics show that with every level of education attained, the rate of unemployment drops dramatically. PHDs generally have a less than two percent unemployment rate. My point is that your path to significance is going to look a little, sometimes a lot, different than anyone around you. So you have dyslexia and can’t understand half the stuff you read. So did Steve Jobs. So you want to go to college even though your friends are all making fun of you. So did every President of the United States in recent history. So you love Jesus and want to follow Him in spite of the fact others think your being a brainwashed idiot. So did Chuck Norris. If you want to do anything important in your life, you will find resistance. The only way to avoid being labeled is to do nothing. Don’t be discouraged by other’s opinions of you. Don’t let slander stop you from doing what’s right. Don’t let anything get in the way of being significant. God calls us all to do something great with our lives. That will always come with resistance. However, beyond the resistance is something great. For Nehemiah it was Jerusalem rebuilt. For Steve Jobs it was Apple. For Barack Obama it was the Presidency of the United States of America. We will never escape resistance. But we can beat it.

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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