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, August 13, 2014

Doing And Finishing

“It’s the job that’s never started as takes longest to finish.” - J.R.R. Tolkien

But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. - Acts 20:24

Tiananmen: “Gate of heavenly peace” - Wikipedia

You’ve probably seen the picture. A Chinese civilian man stands in front of a column of People’s Liberation Army tanks trying to demonstrate their power in Tiananmen square. For a few moments one man stood in the way of oppression. He was ready to sacrifice himself for a cause. In that moment the unknown man was prepared to finish. How many of us are prepared to finish? We live lives of doing, but do we live life for finishing? When Jesus hung on the cross He cried out, “It is finished.” Christ lived not only to do, but to finish. Shortly before he was executed in Rome, Paul wrote to Timothy, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” - 2 Timothy 4:7 What will we be able to say of our lives? What could we say of them now? Are we living a life with a finish in mind, or a life simply of perpetual doing with little point? In whatever we do, there should be a point. And yet, we are left with simply doing, because the greatest point of our lives, our finish, will one day be dictated and out of our control. But what if that were today? Could we say that we finished anything? That we were true to our calling? Do we even have a calling? The young student in Tiananmen square knew his calling that day. He knew the irony of the massacre of protesters the day before by the “People’s Liberation Army” at Tiananmen Square. A place which translated into english means “Gate of heavenly peace.” In a way he was prepared to finish the meaning in those names. He was prepared to finish his purpose that day. Today as we go about our lives, let’s keep in mind our purpose. Are we working towards a good finish? Are we living lives towards a finish? May our lives be worthy of the statement. “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” - Matthew 25:23b

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

- The image the Tiananmen Square protestor used was published by the Associated Press and taken by Jeff Widener June 5, 1989.

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