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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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Fun's Perspective

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.” - Albert Einstein

What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! - Luke 11:11-13

Perspective: “the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance” - Merriam-Webster Dictionary

It’s good to play. We were made to enjoy life. To find joy. To be able to smile. We all know there are times in life that don’t deserve a smile. It’s a result of being alive in an imperfect world. For those times God promises a peace that passes all understanding. (see Philippians 4:7) But it’s not just for those times. It’s for all the time. God created us with legs so that we could run. And if we can’t do that, He gave us arms with hands, so we can feel the world around us. And if we can’t do that, He gave us the ability to imagine, so that we can have a joyful perception of our lives. What’s the difference between Legos and masonry? Both essentially are stacking blocks. But one is a job and one is play. Why? Because of our perception. One we perceive to be a game to be enjoyed and the other a job to be labored at. What if we could change our perception? What if we could see the things we have to do everyday as if they were things we were supposed to enjoy? As if they provided a way to play. For some of us that’s a reality. Some of us love our jobs and wouldn’t do anything else. Some of us would rather do anything else but be at work. But if you absolutely love your job, do you enjoy your family? Some of us are having a hard time at home right now. What changed about your wife? At one time you couldn’t imagine loving anyone more. What changed about you? Perception. What may have been once a relationship we couldn’t stop enjoying if we tried has become something that takes hard work. The sunday afternoon hike that we wouldn’t miss for the world five years ago has become something forcing us to miss the game today. At one point, many the things we now call the “hard work of a relationship” were the very things we used to call fun. We were meant to have fun. But so much of that fun is right in front of us, to be had right now. Vacations are nice. Breaks are needed. Sports are healthy. But fun requires perspective. What is our perspective right now. Are we gonna have a day at play, or are we gonna have a day at work. When I was a kid I loved to go to work with my dad. What’s different about today? Today I’m gonna love going to work, and I’m gonna get paid for it. I hope we can all gain a greater perspective of joy. Where it comes from and what it can do. It’s a gift of God. Can we trust Him to give it? Let’s ask Him for it at the very least. And let’s change our perspective.

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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