Sunday March 25, 1984 was a pivotal date in my life. It was the day when I stood before a congregation of people and preached for the first time. It was a beginning. It was the first day for the rest of my life. It was entering into the principal thing that I was born for.
Now it’s almost thirty-one years later and I am writing some of the lessons I’ve learned from thirty years in ministry. All of these lessons have been chronicled and recorded in the many journals I have kept for twenty-one years. This is the first book that I’ve ever written depending on the hundreds of journal entries that I’ve made over the years.
I’m really excited about this book because as I’ve been writing to you about the value of journaling I have discovered the treasures of my thirty years in ministry in my journals.
This picture of my first journal is precious to me. I purchased it from a Rite Aid Pharmacy while I was living in West Virginia. Rite Aid was a local pharmacy. In that journal I recorded my prayers, thoughts, even a story based on some of the first meetings I had the church I pastored. My deepest moments of pain and joy was penned in that journal. And now I am writing some of the things that I have learned. It is so empowering to see some of the darkest times that seemed so ominous and destructive than now being just another episode of my journey with God.
What have you found in your journals? A book? A business plan? There’s treasures in them thar journals, go and find them!