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 6, 2014

The Traveler

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” - St. Augustine

There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God, for apart from him who can eat or who can have enjoyment? - Ecclesiastes 2:24

Journey: “a long and often difficult process of personal change and development” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Where are we going so fast? Why do we want to get from place to place so quickly? As if the “going” part isn’t worth anything. We leave home and the faster we can get to work the better. And vis-a-versa. Everywhere we go, we want to go quickly. As if the only thing that matters is our resting places and our destinies. Of course we’re not all the same. Doubtless many of us enjoy our travels every once in a while. Remember that first year with a drivers license? The drive made any destination worthy, because we enjoyed the experience. I doubt any of us enjoy a trip now like we did back then. What if we did? What if the drive home were a chance at enjoyment? What if a trip to the store became an opportunity to be happy? The goal of life is the goal. But that goal doesn’t have to nullify the journey. At the end of this life our greatest hope should be salvation. The hope of faith. However, that hope doesn’t mean we can’t value life for the living. We were given life for a purpose. Your life’s purpose is unknown to me, but I know it’s great. Because God doesn’t make things without a great potential. However, it’s up to us in many ways to choose that potential. There a lot of things in our lives brimming with potential that we leave dead. Think about something you don’t like or like to do. There’s potential there. Think of something you love. How much more potential do you think is there? Instead of complaining in traffic, use the time to learn, or else experience joy. Car broke down? Check out the things around you. It may be an interesting place. And maybe you have something good to read while waiting for help. Enjoy those moments as little gifts if you can. Change your perspective from speed to quality. The trip may take longer than anticipated. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad commute. Slow down. Not physically per se, but spiritually. Enjoy the moments we were given to enjoy. Life is a traveler of its own. Take in the scenery and enjoy your travels.

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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