Writing this blog has become one of my daily work habits. My original intention was to help my new congregation get to know me by telling some of the stories that have shaped my life, especially my faith life in Jesus Christ. Yet I also believe that the act of writing shapes my faith as well. Writing this blog has pushed me to express my faith in meaningful, concrete ways.
I have kept a journal since college, but it has always been a private thing. Sometimes it has been my Bible study and prayer journal. During the call process last summer, it was one way to reflect on whether or not to pursue the call to Resurrection. There have been long stretches where I did not journal much. Other times where it was a daily MUST-DO to stay sane and keep perspective.
In recent years, as I embraced running, my journal habit became my running log. There are several on-line programs where a runner/biker/walker/blader can log their daily miles and work-out notes. I became pretty meticulous in my record keeping, measuring my daily workouts to the nearest tenth of a mile and second. I could not go running without my heart-rate-monitor watch to record all the detail. After the summer and fall of 2005, when I trained and ran my best marathon, my log from that training period shaped all my future marathon training programs.
In a way this blog has taken on some of the characteristics of my journal and exercise log. Since I have embraced this practice, I want to grow in my ability as well as my faith. The one big difference is now I have a public audience (small but growing) that I seek to encourage, provoke, inform and challenge. The readers’ comment help shape this blog and in turn shape me. Thank you.
Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one person sharpens the wits of another.
What habits shape your faith life?