Why I Journal #2

I got started journaling over 25 years ago and have maintained the discipline ever since. It would be something that would be easy to give up because it usually takes about 20 minutes to complete each evening, but the benefits are so powerful I stay very motivated to keep it up. I mentioned yesterday in my blog the benefit of improved communication skills because of the writing. Another huge benefit is the self-examination and personal reflection that takes place as I write about the day. No one enjoys looking for blind spots, character flaws, and bad habits in themselves, it is much more enjoyable to ignore those things and remain naive about who we really are. I “hunger and thirst” for growth in character and more righteousness in my daily living and treatment of others in my life. I have found the tool of writing about events that have happened to me as key to seeing myself accurately and knowing what I need to work on to change and grow. Writing about an event is like looking at myself as if I were another person, making it so much easier to be objective, accurate, and transparent. Confessing all known sins that we commit to God every day and repenting of them is a key part of our daily walk and relationship with God that results in growth in our character and in our relationship with God. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He (God) is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. The blessings that come into our life from God as we take a spiritual bath each day are huge, and the consequences of failing to keep short accounts with God are significant.

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