My blog sits empty, but my journal stands full.
When I visited my parents a few months ago, I found my old journal from when I was a little kid. It was the funniest thing I ever read. I was an awesome kid. I'm glad I have these writings to read and remember - it brought back good memories that I have long-since forgotten.
That said, I started journaling a lot more, which has led to blogging a lot less. Going to try to update at least once a month, but priority will be on reading and journaling over blogging.
Here are a few snippets of what I've been learning in the past few months:
1) You can tell a lot about a person's character by the way they treat difficult people.
-my own character included in this.
2) Biographies are hands down the most encouraging and edifying books.
-Profoundly impacted by the life and testament of Jim Elliot in the book - Shadow of the Almighty.
-Also deeply spurred on by the character and words of Corrie ten Boom's dad (Casper ten Boom) in The Hiding Place.
3) Co-workers are funny and a blast to eat lunch with, talk with, and work with.
-They are a special bunch and I need to stop being so introverted at times.
4) Physical exercise helps me in my spiritual walk in terms of discipline, energy, mindset, and flesh-fighting.
-Shortage of time makes me not exercise. But taking the time to exercise makes me utilize the remaining time much more efficiently.
-It also feels good.
5) Ezra sets a great example for me. Ezra 7:10
-Study, do, and teach the word of God.
6) Sleep is amazing. Forfeit it at times when needed, but when you can, welcome it gladly.
-Yesterday, I literally crashed onto my bed and fell asleep as soon as I got home at like 7:45pm or so. I feel like a new person today. I feel amazing.
7) Watch what you say and don't complain. Phil 2:14-18.
-It is all a joy. And it is all a privilege.
8) Lead by example. 1 Cor 11:1.
9) Stand firm. Phil 1:27.
-Know what to stand firm for and stand firm for it.
-Be someone with conviction. People won't remember what convictions you said you felt. They will remember what convictions you lived out. They won't remember what truths you said you believed. They will remember what truths you manifested through your life. Live out the gospel and stand firm in it.
10) Rebuking is necessary. Psalm 141:4-5.
-I expect the same from my friends. Seriously.