Just thinking about the act and habit of journaling today. Journaling keeps me moving and growing. Reflecting, praying and thinking with a pen in my hand helps me to make sense of life, to encounter truth with wisdom and the heart, and to pay attention to God’s voice. I’m an intuitive, so I often end up journaling about concepts, big ideas, illustrations, future plans and projects. And I really enjoy writing out verses from the Bible and my responses to them.
“Experience is not the best teacher, evaluated experience is the best teacher”. Howard Hendricks
There are at least five ways journaling helps me.
- It cultivates awareness, both with the reality around me and the reality in me.
- This awareness can lead to honesty, which is at the heart of a transformed and vibrant life.
- It offers, over time, a sense of narrative to life. I can see where I came from, where I am, where I am going. The key players and themes of the past begin to show themselves in the present and direct my plans for the future. Without this life-story awareness, the pursuit of meaning seems empty.
- It is a tool we can use to dig for wisdom and insight, things that are discovered by the heart and woven to the soul only in the context of real life and through effort (see Hendricks quote above).
- It enables us to access and pass-on what we have discovered.