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, May 21, 2014

RM - Soul Style

“Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” - Warren Buffet

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. In the morning sow your seed, and at evening withhold not your hand, for you do not know which will prosper, this or that, or whether both alike will be good. - Ecclesiastes 11:4-6
Nefarious: “(typically of an action or activity) wicked or criminal” - New Oxford American Dictionary
If success is a reward, it always comes with a risk. Everything we do as humans involves risk. We risk our lives when we drive our cars. We risk our retirement when we invest it in accounts managed by people we’ve never heard of. We risk everything more than we could imagine. In humanity it’s a requirement for sure. Fortunately, with the risks come rewards too. We wouldn’t have a place to live without a job. And many of us probably wouldn’t have a job if we refused to take the risk riding in a car. We call it Risk Management. It’s the process of measuring the risk and the reward side by side. If the risk is too high for the reward we decline the activity. However, if the reward is high enough to take the risk we accept. It’s a natural process of human behavior and business uses it extensively in their investments and ventures. Sometimes you’ll see risk management even used to excuse dishonest behavior. How much can a company steal before the risk of being caught outweighs the reward of the ill gotten gains? RM is a pre-requisite for any activity where success is a goal. And if done properly, can put a lot of money in a persons bank account. However, no amount of money, fame, or success, can help a person sleep at night. Risk Management takes a hike when it comes to our conscious. In fact, it often works inversely. The more gained from nefarious risks, the more conscious will hound. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care how much money is in our bank account, or what kind of cars we have the privilege of operating, He cares about what’s right and wrong. He cares about your soul. No reward is worth a wrong. However big or small. Because rewards are not just paid out monetarily, or in success, rewards are also paid out in the clearness of our conscious and the salvation of our souls. Risk management is not wrong. It’s ok to measure the risk and reward on the investments in our lives. But let’s never put our conscious at stake. Let’s never put our salvation on the line. No reward can ever balance the scale or tip the favor to our side when the greatest part of our being is at stake. Instead, let’s strive to invest our spirits in the Lord. Let’s give our greatest assets to Him. He’s the only way to eliminate risk, because His love carries only reward. It may be difficult to see now, but in the reality of eternity we’ll be able to see that, our investment in Him had no risk at all, but came with the greatest reward we could ever hope for.
Daily Journaling Questions:
  1. How did I help someone in kindness today?
  2. What did I learn today?
  3. What am I thankful for?
  4. Who did I love today?
  5. What am I dreaming of?
  6. What about today do I want to remember forever?
  7. What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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