My child, never forget the things I have taught you.
Store my commands in your heart.
If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.
Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.
Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation. Proverbs 3:1-4
All of us experience spiritual amnesia when it comes to remembering God's faithfulness. We get so caught up in the here and now that we forget how many times God carried us through challenging times. Journaling allows us to look back and see how God's story is unfolding and what role we've played in it.
It serves as a way to see contrasts in our character. We all want to move from Point A to Point Z in no time flat. If we're honest, we desire character without being stretched, growth without risk, and lessons without scars. What we fail to realize is there are numerous steps along the way that demand our attention.
When we encounter God's truth, we must take the time necessary to let it form inside our character and heart.
Having our thoughts recorded creates opportunities to celebrate the small successes, which lay the groundwork for more profound change. A step, no matter how small, is movement and movement is growth. The unfortunate thing is those steps often don't get noticed because they weren't recorded.
The best way to document our thoughts is by writing them down. When we write down our hopes, frustrations, fears, and circumstances, we begin to witness how far we've come from where we started. The new thing God is doing within us also rises to the surface. Etched in that writing is progress.
We create places where we can visibly see God working in us. The funny thing about words is that they express and articulate our thoughts. They can conceal as well as reveal the truth about our hearts. Words are essential to processing truth and particularly our submission to it. Recording our lives gives us a record of God's work within it.
The idea is that we keep our lives heading into the promises of the future - the place where there is real hope for change. All of this merely places us in a posture for Christ to form our character.
- How is God currently moving in your life? What leads you to answer in the way that you do?
- What do you suspect is the new thing God wants to do within you?
Lord, I ask for You to penetrate my heart. Give me patience not to rush this process. Open my eyes to the new thing You are doing within me. Help me to see how you are moving in my life and forming me into the person You created me to be. In your name, Jesus. Amen.