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8 benefits of journaling for Christians
This idea of growth is obviously important to education, but it is also important to the life of faith and the Church. How do we grow in our faith and relationship with God? How do we take the lessons our pastor teaches us in church and really learn to apply them to real life?
That’s why I was inspired to create a journal that everyone can use to write in. I absolutely believe that journaling, and the principles behind why I journal, could keep you focused, excited, and on track to grow (no coasting allowed)! Below are eight reasons why Christians should journal.
8 Benefits of Journaling for Christians
- Writing things down reinforces ideas, especially if written repetitively. It helps commit concepts to memory. Journaling has allowed me to flourish not only as a Christian educator, but as a Christian man.
- Then we come to the responsibility of Matthew 25:15 that explains how talent and talent development works. We must be responsible, we have to take ownership of the way God has blessed us. We must stop complaining about what we cannot do, and start working hard and investing in the abilities that we have been given. Remember your talents can be multiplied when you invest in yourself and do life His way.
- The creator, sovereign God tells us in Ephesians 2:10 that he designed us with a purpose, and a work load, a to do list basically, that has been carefully orchestrated for us. That means we cannot sit on our hands, and we cannot waste time. It’s time to go to work!
- You talk about the need to feel important and useful, and there is no better place than to have a key spot on the winning team! That is exactly what God has for you—a key spot in building His Kingdom. You are needed, but to get there, you must first develop and grow.
- There are many issues involved in this growth. Some you cannot control, but many you can. But using a guided journal helps you to analyze and think about the issues that come your way. The loop back to God, the encouragement from the Bible readings, and the worldview and philosophy of faith helps keep you grounded no matter what you are going through.
- Ephesians 5:15-17 tells us to be wise and make the most of every opportunity, for the culture around us is evil! This is a systematic, day by day process. Anything less and you will end up somewhere you did not intend. That is why the discipline of journaling, and in this case guided journaling, can really help you.
- You will not end up living The Abundant Life if you are not executing the Biblical processes, procedures, truths, character qualities, and fruits of the spirit, without a supernatural and intentional plan.
- Does getting to The Abundant Life require work and commitment? Absolutely! Whoever thought things worth doing, a life worth having, was not going to take effort? But the investment is so worth it.
I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.
In His Grip,
Dan L. Bragg, Ed-D, is a committed Christian school administrator with 32 years of experience and has recently published his first book, "My Journal: Remembering and Growing - A Biblical Context to Life's Journey."
He has served in a variety of roles including teacher, coach, principal, and superintendent for several prominent Ohio schools. Bragg’s undergraduate degree is from Taylor University, his masters’ degrees from Wright State University and Grace Seminary, and his doctoral degree is from Liberty University. Bragg loves what he gets to do in discipling and training the next generation, and his work and ministry drive him with focused passion. To learn more please visit www.bleabundantlife.com.
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