Being a good Christian doesn’t mean you need to start journaling. This week’s topic is more of a tangent in that aspect since all the other topics we’ve covered do have a biblical push. So, what is a journal? A journal or diary is a place (digital or tangible) in which a person records information important to him or her personally for preservation or consideration. And if it’s not commanded to do, why are we even talking about it? Well because I think it is a tremendously helpful habit to do in our journey of becoming more like Jesus. Here are 5 reasons I think you should start.

Journal to meditate

Last week, we talked about how much we lack meditation. Well I think journaling is a good habit to help with meditation! As we write down our thoughts and observations, we are able to sit still for a moment to do some critical thinking. It helps us to concentrate. When we fast, when we choose to take extended times in God’s presence, think about having the paper and pen in your hands to write down whatever you’re thinking about with God.

Journal to express

Journaling also helps us to organize our thoughts and prayers. It helps us to clarify what we are really feeling. And through that, it helps us to express more of our heart to God. I am a firm believer that we begin to feel more deeply about the things we think more deeply about. The more we journal with deep reflection, our ability to express our hearts to God become more rich and dynamic.

Journal to remember

Let’s be honest, our memories aren’t great. One of the benefits of journaling is the fact that you can look back at your entries. One of the features on Facebook that I love most is “Memories.” On this day, this is what I posted. Sometimes, those memories minister to me so powerfully. And if we have a habit of writing down answered prayers and works of God in our lives and insights from a sermon or a time in Fresh Mornings, those memories may prove to be helpful in the future.

Journal to evaluate

If we have a consistent habit of journaling, this next point can become really helpful. As we journal, we can begin to not only remember better and think more deeply, but we can also begin to evaluate ourselves. Many times, we don’t want to write because we haven’t fully processed a situation. I would say to take up journaling and let it be your processing tool. When things arise, write about it exactly the way you are feeling and experiencing things. And then, as time goes by, look back on your entries and begin to evaluate where your heart had been. And not just evaluating your past, but also evaluating your progress. As you write down the triumphs and failures of your days, you can see where you are improving and where you need improvement. For example, maybe a habit of faith you’ve committed to do.

Journal to inspire

Lastly, journal to inspire. I realized something when I gave birth to my daughter Irene. There is so much I want to say to her. I don’t know if I’ll have the chance to say everything. But a journal may help me because it’ll be here after I’m gone. It’ll be my spiritual legacy and a window into her father’s heart when I die and all she has left of me are pictures, videos and my writings. But that’s really being sentimental. I also think it can become a source of inspiration now as well.

An Invitation

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