Yesterday, I posted this picture to twitter. It’s a shot of the journal I’ve kept for the last six years. I started it on August 28, 2005 – a Sunday morning if I remember correctly. I was pretty spotty in my journaling for a few years there. Other times I was constant. All in all, I seemed to grab all the big moments though. It’s interesting, the things I documented in there…
• a breakup from a long relationship
• the beginning of dating my wife
• Moving to, living in, and leaving Chicago.
• College. All 3 times.
• Moving back to Ashland, OH.
• Touring with 4 other guys in a van and playing some great rock & roll.
• Moving to Poplar Bluff, MO
• Getting engaged
• Feeling the call to move to Salt Lake City, UT
• God’s timing and provision of the fit that is my position at K2
• My recent trip to Africa.
Those are just a few of the really big ones. Pretty intense. I’d like to think, that though there have been some massive screwups in there documented, some massive growing up, some massive yelling matches with God, that at the end of the day, I’ve documented 6 years of trying to pursue God as best I knew how in the moment. I found through the last 6 years that my most consistent way of processing and talking with God is through writing it down.
It’s interesting though, I believe I’m most excited still about what’s yet to come. I’m most excited about the picture below – the new journal. I picked this guy on the way back from Africa, as I was nearing the end of my last one. I’m excited about some very practical things about it – it’s a bigger format than the last one, which should make it easier to write in. I love leather bound journals, which should be evident by my choice on both of them, and I love the way that this new one feels, looks, and the way it will wear and show age. I’m excited about what life will have for me in the next few years. I’m excited that with near certainty it won’t take me nearly as long to fill this one.
What about you? Do you journal? How do you process and talk to God? What would the last 6 years tell me about you?