This post is inspired by a blog post that I read on www.tentblogger.com. John said that it is important that we devise a system of evaluation for our blog. By writing down things we do throughout the day, we start to form patterns in which we can see the days in which we are more productive at blogging. We need to stay true to our brand with the content in which we post.
The system of evaluation jumped out at me. I started thinking, “As a disciple, what is the best way to come up with a system of evaluation for my spiritual growth?” I believe that journaling or simply making a list of what you do throughout the day can be highly beneficial to you over a period of time. As you journal, look back over the past weeks and months of what you have written. A lot of things will start to become evident. How much time do you actually spend reading Scripture? How is your prayer life? Do you have any sin in your life that you have not confessed? Is there someone in your life that you need to ask forgiveness from? Are you striving daily to understand what it means to pick up your cross and follow hard after Christ? If you are honest in your journaling, you will see whether you are advancing and growing or whether you are not. When you finish a journal, do not throw it away. This is a milestone, a chapter of your life. It is amazing what you will find out about yourself as you compare your older journals to the one you are writing in now. Self-evaluation is not pretty or easy but it is conducive to one’s sanctification journey. Not many people want to do it because they are afraid of what God might show them or actually realize how deceitful their heart really is. Self-evaluation helps us walk closer with God. It keeps us from detouring down a road we have no business on. Self-evaluation when accompanied with application (applying what you have learned), leads us to be more conformed to the image of Christ.
How has journaling helped you become more like Christ?