15 Jan Why In the World Would I Want to “Journal?”
This year, we have set out to create a culture of intentional bible reading at Storyline Fellowship. We want our church to be tethered to God’s Word, and to build rooted disciples that reproduce. It is our conviction that depth produces width. As we go deeper with God, He responds to our obedience by widening our influence. It is the Holy Spirit that produces power.
Are You Life Journaling?
The plan we embrace for Bible consumption is called Life Journaling. We didn’t invent it. A pastor in Hawaii developed the idea and we believe it to be a highly effective method for engaging with the Scriptures.
You can get the answers to most of your Life Journaling questions here. The question I want to chime in on this week is foundational:
Why should I take the time to journal?
The answer to this question is rooted in the study of human learning. Research proves that the more active a person’s learning process, the more lasting his learning will be. In other words, writing your thoughts down will dramatically increase your clarity and retention. It was Francis Bacon who said, “Reading makes a full man, conversation a ready man, and writing an exact man.” (Who would argue with a guy named Bacon? That’s beautiful!)
As one who writes a 9-page single-spaced sermon weekly, I HEARTILY ATTEST to the idea that Francis Bacon eloquently presents. Until I sit down and write down, I don’t have a clear handle on what the text is saying. Writing the sermon makes me smarter and adds intelligence to the delivery.
Pastors aren’t the only ones that should write their thoughts down, however. Life Journaling is built on the notion that recording one Scripture a day radically improves retention over the course of a lifetime. You may be the expressive personality that writes full paragraphs; you may be the practical person that prefers bullet points only. Journal as you desire.
But do journal.
Adding a few minutes to your devotions will add years to your understanding.
Love the Lord your God with all your mind… –Jesus