One day recently I was trying to encourage one of our students to journal what God was teaching them through their devotions. You would have thought they smelled a skunk. With their nose furled and forehead wrinkled, they muttered, “that's just not for me”. Without even thinking, I countered with, “Aren't you glad God didn't say that? What if Paul and David said that?”. Without intending to chastise, the words just tumbled out. But the question remains, “what if God never journaled?” What if Paul said, “writing is just not my specialty”? Whether Paul was gifted at writing or not, he did it. With God's direction, David, Moses, Mark, and Matthew journaled. They jotted down revelations of God to them. They shared the good and the bad. The highs and the lows of their spiritual journey. Paul tells us how we benefit from these journals in 1 Corinthians 10:11.
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
The Bible is our guide in life. Our instruction manual. Without it we would be lost in more ways than we can count. We would be doomed without its doctrines, stories, and principles. The journals written became a book compiled and preserved for you and me.
Before you write yourself off.. literally.. consider what you and others can learn about God through your experiences. How can God's works in your life be passed on unless you write? How soon we forget things that are not recorded somewhere! Consider keeping a journal. Paper or digital. Pen what God teaches you in the Word and in life. It may change the lives of those that will read it in ways we could never dream!