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, July 17, 2014

Grasping At Perfection

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi

For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. - Romans 7:18

Zenith: “the time at which something is most powerful or successful” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Don’t settle for what you think is perfect. Henry Ford built 19 mostly unsuccessful cars before he built the Model T. But he almost destroyed his company because he believed the Model T was the perfect car. He was a pioneer in wages. People called him crazy for trying to pay his workers five dollars a day. But later in his life he was seen as an abusive employer because he refused for so long to admit that five dollars was not enough. Henry Ford did some great things, and he was called a great man for doing them. But then he refused to move forward. Perhaps he believed that he was great too, and that he didn’t need improvement. Perhaps he felt towards his utopian world, towards his company, the way he felt towards his Model T; that it was perfect just the way it was. The Model T shows us a glimpse of what we believe is perfect. From our human perspective it was the perfect car in 1910. However it’s far from adequate in 2010. What in our lives do we view as perfect? Is there anything we believe can’t be improved upon? If so, we are in danger of becoming stagnate. Sure, there’s plenty of perfection out there. But we don’t have the ability to know it. God’s Word is perfect because it comes from a perfect God. Other than that, everything in this world could use some improvement. When we look at nature we can see something greater than humans have ever made. But it’s been tarnished by us. When we look at what we make we can see ever improving products. But they’re often used to damage what God has given. The digital and the analogue ages have given us many things that have improved our lives. We can know what’s happening all over the world in an evening now. We have the opportunity to spread the gospel to millions without ever leaving a bedroom. There is good that can come from human invention. But let’s never assume we’ve reached the zenith of achievement. A flower may not be connected to the internet, but its technology is many times greater than the greatest invention made by man or woman. We make roofs, but God made the sky. We build airplanes, but God made the birds. Nothing we do will ever amount to what God did and can still do. Let’s remember that when we’re tempted to believe anything we make is perfect and worth holding onto. 

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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