“Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).
I am a fan of biographies. I am interested in finding out more about the people I admire. I want to know their habits, practices, routines that helped them to become the leaders they are.
Some of the common characteristics I find in the people I admire are:
- They are journalers. They don’t just experience life. They spend time reflecting on their life. And, it is in this time of reflection that sets them apart from those who merely experience life as it happens.
- They are readers of books and people. They get themselves around good books and good people and they are masters at learning and studying both great thoughts and great people.
I encourage you to pick up a journal and spend time every day reflecting on what you are experiencing. Reflect on what God is doing in your life.
During this season of reflection and preparation in Advent, one of the best practices you can start along with daily bible reading is the practice of journaling.
Here are four things you can write about to help you reflect on what God is doing in your life:
- Reflect – what am I thankful for?
- Rejoice – what am I joyful for?
- Repent – what am I sorry for?
- Request – what do I need to be praying for?
I dare you to try it. Get in the habit of journaling and spend time in reflecting and processing what God is doing in your life.
Finally, they say it takes about thirty straight days to do something to create a habit or break a habit.
I challenge you to take the thirty day challenge during this Advent season to create the habit of daily quiet times with God. You will be well on your way to growing and maturing in your faith.