I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” [1]

As the New Year kicks off it creeps into my psyche that I have a fresh start, and therefore that I need to seize this opportunity. I know it is just a calendar phenomenon but somehow it is nearly impossible to shrug off. One of the things that 2017 is offering me is a chance to renew some of my discipleship practices.

I believe completely in journaling as a devotional tool and means to personal development. I love the reflection process, the thoughtfulness required to write while I do my devotional, and the joy of a record of God’s movements in my life. Yet I have gotten sloppy about it, I confess even occasional about it. I’m embarrassed when I compare the dates at the top of the page, sometimes noting that the last time I journaled may have been a week ago.

So here it is my friends, I am recommitting to journaling on this page in front of God and everybody. I will be journaling in 2017 at an average rate of five times per-week.

That was a hard sentence to write.

But what a blessings it will be when that practice is reinstated in my discipleship commitment.

What about you?  We have talked about better discipleship practices. What measureable, repeatable practice do you need to place in your routine?

At church we are going to look at the lives of the disciples for a few weeks. I am asking and hopefully answering the question, “Why this guy?”  I expect to see the humanity of these men and in them a reflection of myself.

Hope you will plan to join me in the adventure of discipleship in 2017. And perhaps come see what we discover in church.

God Bless



[1]The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (Jn 17:26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.