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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Friday, June 13, 2014

Aspirational Discouragement

“I don't really have aspirations to be Tom Hanks.” - Will Ferrell

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. - Matthew 6:33

Aspire: “direct one's hopes or ambitions toward achieving something” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Be careful with your aspirations. I know it sounds completely backwards for a motivational message to say something like that, but it’s true. There’s a famous line only Dirty Harry can give affectively, “A man’s gotta know his limitations.” That’s true for all of us. Girls too. I’m not trying to be discouraging, rather, I’m trying to save you from discouragement. For some odd reason, I’ve grown to love running. Especially the 5k distance. It takes strategy to use all your energy wisely at that distance. Too fast in some areas will slow you down overall. But if you’re trying to meet a goal, you can’t just reserve your energy for the last quarter mile. You have to be intentional. Of course, if you know me, you know I have to know the world record time. Because I want to aspire to be the best. It happens to be 13 minutes and 47 seconds. I am not built to run 3.11 miles at a four and a half minute per mile pace. I still aspire to achieve goals, but I don’t let the world record discourage me when I don't beat it. At least I shouldn’t. We have to set aspirations in our lives. And we all probably have something we should aspire to be the best at. However, we need to know that sweet spot between aspiration and reality. We all have our limits. And none of us are perfect. But because of Jesus, while we understand our physical limits, we can aspire to perfection; because He is willing and able to perfect us. Not because of anything we’ve accomplished, but because of what He conquered at Calvary. A man has to know his limitations. However, everybody needs to know that with Christ in us, all limitations are crushed through His promise of salvation by His perfection. Kinda funny isn’t it? While we can’t aspire to be the best at everything through our own strength, through Christ we can aspire to perfection.

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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