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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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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How To Delete Time

“We must use time wisely and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” Nelson Mandela

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. - Ephesians 5:15-17

Procrastination: “the action of delaying or postponing something” - New Oxford American Dictionary

“Just four more minutes!” How many times have you heard that? Four more minutes of watching TV before bed. Four more minutes of sleep before getting out of that same bed. Four more minutes of relaxation, then I’ll do the chores. I feel like the word procrastination was made just for me. You can’t spell it without pro, and I’m definitely a pro at it. But there are times when it absolutely kills. Whatever it is we have to do isn’t going to be easier in another four minutes. In fact it will probably be more difficult if anything. Maybe we need a new perspective. Maybe we need to focus on the future just a little bit more. I know, the common wisdom these days bombards us with the idea of “living in the moment.” And that’s fine if we’re just trying to find the most joy in every moment no matter what our activity. But too often I think we take living for the moment to mean simply, have fun all the time. But that’s not possible. Sometimes we need to set up the moments. We need to take advantage of those four minutes and instead of wasting them, add them up so that they become significant amounts of time to enjoy later. Don’t feel like mowing the lawn? Doing the dishes? Are you dreading cleaning out the car? Instead of wasting time avoiding the activities we don’t want to do, what if we did them right away and banked that 15 or 20 minutes? Then in the end those minutes will have a much greater potential to bring enjoyment, because they’ll be filled with relaxation instead of tension. If this whole thing sounds like a speech your mom gave you in sixth grade I’m sorry. However, it holds truth. I know, many of us find joy in those few minutes on “snooze” in the morning, and that’s ok. However, sometimes we just need a little reminder in order to get back on track. We need a different perspective from someone else to encourage us to adjust what we’re doing. Time is one thing we can’t earn more of. It’s one thing we all have the same amount of. Are we managing our time wisely? There will come a day when time will be infinite with Jesus, but today is a finite day, how will we live it? Will we waste it, or will we use every bit of it on purpose? Remember the parable of the talents Jesus told? His point was that we should use everything God gives us to its full potential. We don’t have to be busy in every moment, but we can do our best to ensure every moment counts. In doing so, we can add quality time to our lives, instead of deleting the time we see as having no potential. Every minute has potential, it’s up to us to find it. Every second was given to us by God, it’s our responsibility to use His gifts wisely. How will we use our time today?

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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