We want to be like Jesus, and Jesus didn’t journal so that’s one less thing we need to feel guilty about.
But as someone who likes to journal, I want to say “Hey! Wait a minute! How do we KNOW He didn’t journal? After all, the Bible never says “Jesus sang.” Or danced. But maybe He did!
Maybe He was a CLOSET JOURNALLER !! Maybe He LOVED journaling!
Honestly, does it really matter if He did or He didn’t? I think what matters is the value beneath it.
Journaling is just a tool like other things that help us lead an examined life…help us pay attention the work of God in our lives…Help us ask “Lord what do you want to show me about Yourself and myself?”
Journaling may not be necessary for an examined life, but what is? Space? Attention?
Maybe Jesus never journalled, but I look at the time He had walking or boating with the disciples from one town to another…
the time for reflection,
the time carved out to be alone and pray…
That makes me think that even IF He didn’t journal, making time to process life with His Father and others was still a priority.
Maybe some days I need to put away my journal in order to be less self- absorbed, and maybe some days I need to force myself to pick up a pen and examine some of the not-so-lovely truths God wants me to see.
Do you like to journal or hate it? Or are there other practices you use to pay attention to the work of God in your life?
Psalm 26:2,3. Test me Lord and try me, examine my heart and my mind. For I have been mindful of your unfailing love and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.