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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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Quitting Something

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. - Colossians 3:23-24

God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. - Genesis 1:31a

Drought: “a prolonged absence of something specified” - New Oxford American Dictionary

Steve Jobs once said, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” That sounds great right? But what happens when we don’t love what we do? The obvious answer is to find something else, something we love to do. However, obvious answers don’t always apply. Since when do we love something all the time? Every job, every relationship, every thing we do and have, goes through periods of drought; periods of need, appreciation, and maybe even dislike. What do we do then? I forget who it was exactly, all I remember is that he was a force in the motivational world at the time. He said that he had built a habit of quitting something every week. It was a particular day, Thursday I think, but I’m not sure. In any case, he purposefully quit something every week. What do you think about that? Is that even ok? How many weeks would it take for most of us to quit everything we’re good at, if we quit something every week? Steve Jobs also said that periodically, he would look in the mirror in the morning and if he didn’t like what he was doing for too many days in a row he would find something else to do. How does that make you feel? What would it be like to have the confidence that you could quit your job today and be better off tomorrow? Something about that feels liberating. However, the fact is, most of us couldn’t do that. We could very easily damage a lot of people we love and even ourselves. We have to remember that while Steve Jobs became very successful because of his drive; his idea that he could just quit anything at a moments notice meant that for many of his younger years he lived basically a homeless lifestyle. No doubt, a lot can be accomplished with ambition and drive when the stakes are taken off the table. But for most of us, the stakes are high. We have bills that should be paid on time. We have families that need a home and food. We have things and people that depend on us. Most of us can’t just quit everything, and shouldn’t quit many things. But what do we do when we don’t love what we do? Some of us should quit those things. Some of us should stay. I think the question lies in our contentedness. Not everything deserves it. We shouldn’t be content with everything in our lives. However, we should try to see what we can be content with. My hunch is that many of us should be more content than what we are. There’s a children's song that has the line, “Count your blessings name the one by one.” When’s the last time we did that? If we only would count our blessings a little more often, I think we might find that we could love what we do a little more. Maybe your job does stink. Maybe it’s a terrible job. But maybe the blessing in it is that it will lead to something better through its experience. We’ll never know exactly how God will bless us. I do know this. Whatever we do, whatever we have, wherever we are, we should do our best and be as content as possible in it.

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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