Almost every day I end it by writing in my journal. Because it is usually the last thing I do before climbing into bed I am usually tired and sleepy and the temptation to skip it just this one night is strong, but I rarely do because of the huge benefits in my life in my pursuit of character growth.
A third reason why I am so motivated to faithfully practice this discipline is that it is very important in my seeking wisdom. I forget things easily, and it is easy to forget lessons learned and wisdom gained by experiences. When I preach and teach I am always drawn to the person taking notes. I tend to make eye contact with them more, and I am much more in tune with whether they are understanding what I am saying or not, you might say that in a few minutes after I start speaking they become my favorites. God is always orchestrating our life to teach us wisdom, and if we don’t pay attention and learn what He is teaching us, or we aren’t excited enough about what we are learning to write it down so as to not forget it, I am not sure that God will do much teaching.
Proverbs 1:20-28 Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square; at the head of the noisy streets she cries out; at the entrance of the gates in the city she utters her sayings: how long, O naive ones, will you love being simple-minded? And scoffers delight themselves in scoffing and fools hate knowledge? Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Because I called and you refused, I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention; and you neglected all my counsel and did not want my reproof; I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your dread comes, when your dread comes like a storm and your calamity comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
I plead with God each morning to give me wisdom so I know what to do, and what to say in every situation I am in. I don’t want to be guilty of not paying attention, and missing what He is trying to teach me. I believe that the more attentive I am the more He will teach me. Journaling is my way of saying to the Lord, I am listening.