I started journaling when my Dad had liver cancer, and us kids would take turns helping Mom take care of Him. He had survived pancreatic cancer, and when it was announced that he had liver cancer he decided that he wasn’t going to go to the hospital, and go through all that he had with the pancreatic cancer. I would sit on Dad’s bed for hours and listen to him talk about everything he knew anything about, and I remember thinking, “I will never remember all that I am hearing, I should be taking some notes so I don’t forget”. As I wrote down the gems of wisdom that I heard Dad speak I would also write my thoughts and emotions that I had as I watched my Dad lose the battle to cancer. That experience took place about 28 years ago and I have been journaling ever since. I have refined and changed what I write in my journal but the benefits that I have received from this discipline have been significant.
The most significant of the half dozen blessings that I have experienced as a result of taking time each day to write about My experiences, the lessons learned, observations about myself, and about my relationship with Jesus is that I have better learned the skill of communicating with words clearly, succinctly, and in a way that is easy to follow and understand. As a preacher this was a huge blessing in my life that has helped me teach the Bible to people so that they understand it and are motivated to live it. As I continue to work on this skill and art of communicating clearly, writing is my main tool, and my journaling about my life is my focus.