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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Monday, June 23, 2014

The End Of Idleness

“If you don’t build your dream someone will hire you to help build theirs.” Tony Gaskins

Idle hands are the devils workshop; idle lips are his mouthpiece. An evil man sows strife; gossip separates the best of friends. Wickedness loves company — and leads others into sin. - Proverbs 16:27-29

Idle: “without purpose or effect; pointless” - New Oxford American Dictionary

You’ve probably heard the proverb from your mom a hundred times, “Idle hands are the devils workshop.” But did you know the rest of the verse? “Idle lips are his mouthpiece.” Perhaps we never knew it was a saying from the Bible even. (Proverbs 16:27) Most of the time we probably think of idleness as laziness. To avoid being idle we need to be busy. However, we can easily be idle and busy at the same time. How can idle lips be the devils mouthpiece if their shut? That doesn’t seem to agree with the other saying we’ve all heard from our mothers, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Idleness is much more about direction and purpose than action and activity; because it’s the purpose behind our activities that determine the idleness in them. A good nap in the middle of the day can, at times, be our most fruitful action; because there a times when rest is required. At the same time, working past midnight is often our most pointless task; because doing a job while we can’t function often results in a job that won’t function. We have to have a purpose behind what we do. If we don’t decide the reason for our actions someone else will. Is there a reason behind the words we say? Is it good? Is there a motivation for our work? Is it good? Are we serving others in our actions, or is our activity meant to serve only us? The answer to those questions, more than anything, identifies the idleness in what we do. When what we say, what we do, what we desire, doesn’t do good… than what we’re doing is guaranteed to be idle. That doesn’t mean we don’t take care of ourselves. Getting a good night’s sleep is sometimes the best way to serve others. Again, its the purpose behind everything we do that makes the difference. What is the goal of our lives? Do we have a dream for our lives? Those sound like really simple questions, but they can be the hardest to answer. In fact, I would bet that most people can’t answer them honestly; because the honest answer to those questions doesn’t come without a lot of thought. And I’m not sure we’ve put a lot of thought into questions like them. But when we put our lives under the crucible of questions like those we ensure the idleness is driven from our lives; because honest dreams and goals have a way of leading us towards them. They change our perspective of our own lives. They give us purpose. They point us in a direction. My hope and prayer is that our lives have direction. That they are filled with purpose and desire. That they be forever changed by a dream. A good dream. Let’s not be idle. Instead, let’s be usable. Let’s not let the devil use our works. Instead, let’s give our works to the Lord.

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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