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 22, 2014

The Fog And The Goal

“I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.” - Florence Chadwick 

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. - 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Fog: “something that obscures and confuses a situation or someone's thought processes” - New Oxford American Dictionary

How often do we feel like we’re in the fog of life? Sometimes it feels more like a war than a life. Perhaps you’ve heard of something called the fog of war. Wikipedia talks about it like this, “The fog of war is the uncertainty in situational awareness experienced by participants in military operations. The term seeks to capture the uncertainty regarding one’s own capability, adversary capability, and adversary intent during an engagement, operation, or campaign.” Are you ever uncertain of what’s out in front of you? Do you ever wonder if you can win anything? Or if everything is out to conquer you? If you’re like the rest of us, of course you have. Because you’re a person and people don’t have all the answers. Think of a subject, any subject; is everything known about it? No, of course not. We are continually discovering and learning and adjusting what we think to be true. The same can be said of all aspects of our lives. Spiritual, physically, mentally, and socially; we are all in a state of fog at times, if not all the time. That fog causes our minds to fill in the unknowns. We try to guess at what’s ahead. We make assumptions and draw conclusions from the gaps in our knowledge. Sometimes we are tempted to just give up and allow the currents of life to drift us along; unaware of the victory just a short distance off. In 1952 Florence Chadwick found herself in the cold Pacific waters between the California coastline and Catalina Island. She was attempting to swim the 26 mile Catalina Channel. After she felt like she could go no further, she swam for one more hour. With no land in sight she gave up. Soon after getting into a boat the fog lifted and she saw the distance between herself and the goal; one mile. In the wake of that failing boat ride she said in a press conference, “I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.” Two months later she did make it. In fact she swam the Catalina Channel faster than any other person had done before. What made the difference? The same fog set in. The gap between shores did not diminish. Physically she was in the similar condition. What helped her make it was her mental image. According to Wikipedia, “She said she kept a mental image of the shoreline in her mind while she swam.” What image do you need? What could make the difference in your life? How far could you go if you realized the goal? God gave us His Word for a reason. Christ died for a reason. They have the power to save despite the fog. If heaven is our goal, Christ must be our Savior. If Christ is our Savior, His Word is the image we must keep in mind. With God we are stronger than we think. He is able to beat any foe, conquer any giant, protect any soul. With Him we don’t have to worry about the fog, because He is the all knowing guide. We don’t have to be confused, because He is the author of knowledge. We don’t have to worry, because He can see us through. The shore is closer than you think. Picture that.

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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