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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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Number 20

“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” - Henry Ford

Then Peter cam up and said to Him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As man as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” - Matthew 18:21-22

Fail: “be unsuccessful in achieving one's goal” - New Oxford American Dictionary

How many of us want a little more for our lives? I’m not talking about money or things, but rather, difference. How many of us want to make a little more of a difference? I think most of us do. We want to raise our kids to become great people. We want to make life better for others. We have a burden to ease suffering. But it’s hard. It’s sad how hard it is to make a good impact on this world. Want to make this world a little worse? No problem, just live entirely for yourself. But a positive impact, that will take the most work you’ve ever done in your life. Over and over you’ll fail. Over and over people will tell you to stop trying. Over and over you’ll want to stop too. A good life is hard work. Don’t let the work stop you. Embrace it in fact. Find joy in it. Growing up on a farm Henry learned the value of hard work. But it wasn’t farming that he wanted to work hardest at. He had a desire to make a difference. Eventually he found himself working for the Edison Illuminating Company. Maybe it was there that he became inspired by the stories of Edison’s perseverance. Maybe he had heard what Thomas Edison said about creating a production light bulb. “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” Maybe we will too. There will be times and days when everything we do seems to fail. It’s only failure if we give up. That’s the thing about success, it never gives up. Start with A and move through the alphabet. If plan A doesn’t work, move to plan B. If it fails move on. Keep going. That’s what Henry Ford did. He moved through the alphabet all the way to T. Number twenty became the most significant car in history. Ford had to try and fail and try again over and over to finally find a way to make a difference. And not just in automobiles, in lives as well. People thought he was crazy when he introduced the five dollar work day. But he wanted more than to just make a car. He wanted to make people. He wanted his workers to be able to afford and enjoy the products they were making. That was revolutionary at the time. And it wouldn’t have happened if he had given up at plan S. He had to make it all the way to number twenty, plan T. Who knows how many times we’ll have to move on to the next step, the next plan. Maybe that forgiveness we need to grant just won’t stick. Maybe that project we’ve been working on for years now needs just one more try. Maybe we’ll have to suck up our pride and go against advice one more time. Whatever it is, make it about doing good. Not just success, or breakthrough, but significance for what is right. Let’s be revolutionary in our desires. Let’s let God lead us to His ultimate goal for our lives. Don’t be afraid to dream. Even after the last dream was smashed. Do it again and again. God can and will make a difference through you. It’s hard work, but what a world we could have if we all tried just one more time. 

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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