Journaling as an Act of Worship?
What thoughts do you have each day, week or month? More importantly, what do you do with all your spiritual thoughts that occur throughout the week? Do you have them stored somewhere or do you simply remember them when you enter a crisis of belief in your walk? If you are like me, I have not always liked to write or journal until I started my Doctor of Worship degree. It was then that I fell in love with writing down not only the thoughts throughout my day, but my spiritual thoughts have become an important part of my journey in journaling. As I think about the past lives of patriarchs in the Bible, I realize that had some of these stories not been written down concerning Moses, Abraham, King David or Jesus, we would not have their story to study and apply to our own lives. Journaling is a way to leave our own spiritual imprint with those we leave behind. Your spiritual journey just might help someone you love in their path as they journey this thing we call life.
Journaling comes in many different forms and need not only be writing with paper and pen. In fact, use your creativity to draw, doodle, paste pictures, record a video, or simply write down your Spiritual Journey. Most people think that journaling requires a lot of time or must be done daily; that is not the case. Simply find what works for you whether it be daily, weekly, or monthly. Here are ten questions to guide your thoughts in creating your own journal:
- What Bible verse or passage is guiding your thinking today?
- What is God telling you about your life today?
- What elements throughout your day has reminded you of your commitment to the gospel?
- Have there been any God appointments evident in your day? If so, write it down. If not, is it possible you missed Him today?
- Are there any thoughts you want to write down about your day, week, or month to remember at another time?
- What can you praise God for today in your life?
- Are there any sins you need to confess?
- What are you thankful for?
- What thoughts has God brought to your mind today?
- Has there been anything in nature, music, artwork, books or people that has prompted you to think about your relationship with God? If so, did it bring you closer to God?
Whether you choose to create your journal daily, weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly it does not matter; only that you find a way to record the spiritual journey in which God is leading you. I am convinced that taking time to record our spiritual journey fully enriches our lives in addition to leaving a legacy for those around us.
Soli Deo Gloria!