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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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Consider Your Blessings

“I conceive that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by the false estimates they have made of the value of things.” - Benjamin Franklin

And He sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And He called His disciples to Him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.” - Mark 12: 41-44

Value: “the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something” - New Oxford American Dictionary

I’m about to ask you an important question that I can’t answer. When you first hear it, you’ll probably want to give a reply right away. You may even think it’s simple. But think about it. Apply it to everything you can. Wonder at what the answer might be. Ready? Here it is… What makes something valuable? What gives it the quality that makes us appreciate it? What makes something valuable? Certainly not it’s dollar value. Who’s ever been given something that didn’t require a sacrifice? At that point it’s lost most of its value. If you didn’t have to work for your money, how valuable would it be? And how much would we value the things we bought with it? Nobody cares about Monopoly Money. Why? Because it’s not hard to get. It’s just paper. And you may say that the US Dollar is just paper as well. But it’s paper that most of us have to earn. Think about the things you have. Which one of those things is most valuable? Maybe it’s a family heirloom. Or maybe it’s something you saved up for since you were a kid. Or maybe it’s just something you love. The answers to the original question seem to come easily, but when we explore them, we realize they don’t all apply to everything of value. We could say that monetary worth makes something valuable. But then why do people with a lot of monetary worth seem to have little regard for the monetary value of their things? We could say that value comes from love. But then why do we love things in the first place? Is it because of their value to us? We could make the claim that value comes from the amount of work we put into something. But then how would we attribute that to the value we place on things that are free. Things like the beauty of nature, or a moment spent with a person we love. What makes something valuable? Maybe someday we’ll be able to answer that question. But for now I’m just going to try to value the things God has blessed me with. And maybe there in lies the answer. Maybe a things value is best seen in its blessing.

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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