Spiritual Discipline of Writing
— Tom Sine —
(re-purposed from Jan. 2013)
On January 1 I asked: “Are you ready to embrace new disciplines to follow Jesus in living on purpose in 2015?”
I invited you to begin the New Year by spending 30 days developing the new discipline of spending 15 minutes a day with scripture and prayer. This week I am asking “are you ready to embrace the new discipline of weekly journal writing in 2013?”
Remember for those of us that have difficulty developing new disciplines “… a new study offers hope, revealing that you are three times more likely to achieve your resolution if you do one thing: stick with it for the first 30 days. I would be interested in learning if you have taken the initiative to develop a new 15 minute a day discipline with word and prayer.
For those that find a daily spiritual discipline a bit daunting I want to offer you the opportunity to develop a new weekly spiritual discipline….Journaling. Essentially this is simply initiating the discipline of keeping a diary of your spiritual journey with Christ. I still prefer keeping my journals in notebooks you can buy at a stationary store. Many younger people prefer to keep a journal on their lap top or tablet.
There are some Christians who journal every day but I find most people are better able to do weekly journaling. I find that most people journal about the week past. Christine uses the headings from the Prayer of Exam of “consolations” and “devastations.” I tend to focus more on what God is teaching me about my many shortcomings or showing me all that I have to be grateful for. Occasionally I also capture a new insight about life, faith or calling which I immediately enter in my journal.
You need to find what time works best for you.
So here are my proposed steps in developing the new spiritual discipline of weekly journaling:
- Purchase a notebook, diary or open a file on your tablet or lap top that you use exclusively for spiritual journaling.
- Find a regular time to do your weekly journaling. Christine and I find that Sunday morning before church is usually the best for us to journal and share our journaling with each other.
- Find a journaling companion to share your weekly journey with Christ as it relates to the important areas of your life. Christine and I always pray after we share and discuss our journaling.
- Finally, remember if you can journal once a week for a month you have a very good possibility of developing this new discipline as a permanent part of your life.
Write me today and let me know… “Are you ready to embrace the new discipline of weekly journal writing in 2015?”