- I didn't want any record of what I was doing or thinking, particularly not my deepest and most private thoughts (and actions).
- Ultimately, I knew that anything I penned in form of a journal/diary would be just my thoughts, and I knew there wasn't much wisdom in that. At the time, I didn't have any confidence in a source of wisdom higher than my own, so the thought of writing down what I was thinking without any objective interpretation of the information was utterly ridiculous to my mind.
Again, looking back on things now, I think one of the first fruits of repentance in my life was the desire to keep a journal. After God regenerated my heart, I wanted to read the Bible, and I wanted to write that down in a journal along with prayers and other thoughts.
In the last four years, I have purchased what is called the "Jumbo Journal" containing 340 pages each, and I've needed two per year in order to adequately hold all my writings.
Last year, I got into the habit of pasting things into my journal (e-mail articles, church bulletins, prayer requests, etc.) in order to keep everything of this nature in the same spot.
At the beginning of last year, I wrote down a few goals for 2011 (mostly evangelistic goals) and referred back to them every few months, so I could keep them at the forefront of my mind.
I also had one page where I wrote down books I heard about on podcasts that peaked my interest, complete with title and author so I had that info for future reference. On one page, I wrote down all the books I read in 2011 and the date I completed them. I also spent a few entries writing notes on podcasts that I listened to throughout the year. A section of pages in my journal contained people I was praying for and specific Bible passages I wanted to pray for them. I referred back to those pages often throughout the year.
In the month of January I will be sharing some of the information I wrote down in last year's journal before I put it to rest for the year.
I will be keeping a journal this year and will be sharing some of my ideas about that in the month of January as well.
My January blogging will be a time to look back (remembering the goodness of God) and look ahead (anticipating the goodness of God).