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Affluent Christian Investor | November 19, 2018

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Journaling to Prevent Forgetting Life Lessons

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“You hate my instruction and cast my words behind you”

– Psalm 50:17.

The rebuke in today’s verse was aimed at people who lived by and studied God’s word. Yet God laid the charge against them that they hated His instruction and somehow cast His words aside, or literally ‘behind them.’ This may portray an image of someone taking something tangible, like a book, and tossing it away with disdain. Yet all someone has to do to cast God’s word aside is to leave it where it was received and walk away. Each step takes that person farther away, reducing his or her chance of obeying that word. Do you do this? If you don’t journal, there is a good chance you do, otherwise you will forget or disregard what God has taught you, ‘walking away’ from it in your pursuit of career, hobbies, family matters, or education. Thus, the word is left behind as you walk on. Why don’t you journal? What are you recording in your journal? Do you expect God to teach you things? Do you accept those things in faith and seek to act on them? If you do journal, do you read through them to ensure you have retained and carried out God’s instruction?

Today’s reading – Psalms 46-50

John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.

Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.

John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.


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