54. The Template

“Your encouragement has not accomplished what I hoped,” I said to Stan one morning.

“I’m not sure what you are talking about,” was his response.

“Journaling,” I said.  “You’ve convinced me of its impact on you and your relationship with God.  I have tried to journal with no success.  I just can’t get in the groove of doing it regularly.”

“Maybe I can help,” was Stan’s response.  “Some time back, I had a similar conversation with a young woman who wanted to journal but just couldn’t do it consistently.”

“I told her she needed to have a template.”

“What’s that mean?” I asked.

“Have a set pattern for what you do each time you sit down with your journal.  Say, for example, you have a particular devotional you like.  Start with it each day and write about what the Lord tells you about the devotional entry.”

“Then, again merely as an example, start making your way through the Book of Psalms little by little, writing about each verse or verses you cover.  Then you might start making your way through the New Testament in the same way.”

“I can virtually guarantee,” Stan concluded, “that if you follow this sort of template you will get into a routine that makes journaling something to anticipate, rather than something about which you feel a failure.”

“I’ll give it a try,” I said.  “Thanks.”

“A word of caution, my friend,” Stan said.  “Make absolutely certain that your journaling is being led by God.  Take the time with all you are reading and writing about to make certain that it is in accord with God, not in accord with yourself.”

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Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31.

Prayer:  Lord, you know I want to have a deeper and growing relationship with you.  Sometimes it is difficult for me to maintain pursuing that on a regular basis.  I need and ask for your help in growing ever closer to you.  Amen.

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