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 8, 2014

What Did You Start?

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

Anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse and an unbeliever. - 1 Timothy 5:8

Dictum: “a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle” - New Oxford American Dictionary

The Fourth of July celebrates the start of something great; sort of. Every year we set off all sorts of bombs and fireworks to commemorate the independence of the United States of America. In truth, America’s foundations and beginnings started much earlier than 1776. You could argue that the groundwork for the United States started in the desire and imagination of Leif Ericsson or Christopher Columbus. Or that it started with John Smith's colony at Jamestown or the settlers on Roanoke Island. Perhaps it started with the pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock. However or whenever it started is not the point however, the point is that it started for a reason. The United States is here today for a reason. What that reason is, is not necessarily for us to understand. None the less, America exists, so it has a purpose. The same can be said for our very lives. Our existence alone gives us purpose. What we start and finish throughout our lives is how we carry out that God given purpose. However, sometimes we start things that aren't meant to be finished. I know, that sounds a lot like motivational blasphemy. Perhaps finishing is a moral for many of us. I'm sure we've all heard the dictum, "Finish what you start." But what if what we've started distracts from our purpose. And I'm not talking about bad habits or vices, I'm talking about well and good and pure things, I'm talking about serving the community, mission trips, going to work. What about the times when those "good" things become a distraction from the "great" things we're supposed to do. For some of us it's easy to start; it’s easy to say yes to the new volunteer opportunity. Perhaps it even feels wrong to say no. No however, can be a very good word. Do you have a family? It's most important. Some families can thrive in situations where others crumble. Don't allow your family to crumble because you can't say no. If whatever you're doing is tearing at the thread of your family, it's not God's will for you. I don't care if you're the head pastor himself. If your family needs you to be a carpenter, that's what you need to be. Ministry starts at home. Purpose starts at home. God created family and He expects us to nourish the ones He gave us. I know, there’s a thousand ways you could dispute this argument. But I also know that my point is easily understood. And I know also that too many of us have done too many things we shouldn’t have attempted; even good things. Families have suffered for ministry. And ministry for work. Serve the Lord by any means, but don’t forsake the ones He gave you to serve first. It’s impossible to see the future, but some consequences can be easily calculated. Will what we start today, no matter how good, have good or bad consequences? Will it serve those we’re responsible to serve? Could it be looked back on like that first fourth of July in 1776? Let’s do our best to be sure it will.      

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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