So you are going to start journaling…

This weekend after the worship gathering a bunch of our crowd took home a new journal compliments of Origin.  Of all the good intentions keeping a journal has been one of the most stop-start-stop-start disciplines of my life.

So you are going to start journalling… here’s a few things to consider.

1.  Its not a masterpiece, and you are not writing for someone else.

2.  Just start writing.

3.  Use the journal for lists of what happened in your day.  Maybe you can reflect on the day and capture your “original moment”–when you experienced the love of God or people, or when you loved God, loved people, or shared the Gospel.

4.  Don’t have words? — draw a picture.

5.  Make a list from these questions and choose one for more reflection:
–What am I happy about?
–What am I sad about?
–What am I angry about?
–What am I afraid of?

6.  Read the Scripture, encounter God, write your prayer.
You can use the SOAP method.  Scripture, Observations, Application, Prayer.

For those “journaling pro’s,”  What other ways have you used your journal?  Other suggestions on getting started?  And how did you benefit?

love is in the follow-through

Sitting with a friend at my dining room table I listened to a champion of love.

At the moment he doesn’t feel like it went well.

I believe love is not wasted.

As I listened I was convicted on how hard it is to follow-through with love.

Love may have a feeling; but it sustained as action over time.

Love may have created contact.  But the experience of love is in the follow-through.

Tenis, golf, basketball:  there’s always talk about the follow-through.

Follow-through is after the initial contact.  Why does it matter?

Follow-through creates a trajectory.

Love is in the follow-through.

“Always be humble and gentle.  Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults, because of your love.”  Ephesians 4:2 NLT

At Origin we have our original moment conversation each week.  When did you love God or love people or when did you experience the love of God and the love of people?

Self-righteousness is fuelled by a short-sighted  satisfaction — “Yah, I made contact with the ball.”  “But, where did it go?”

I needed this cautionary word:

Love is in the follow-through.