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A word to to the journal writers and bloggers

I was recently doing some clean up, and I had cause to open the big cedar chest that belonged to my grandmother, and sits at the end of my bed. I keep mostly momentoes in there; things that belonged to the kids, scrapbooks, some of my own old toys, etc. In there, I also keep a pile of black, hard-backed books. My journals from over the years. I've always written in a journal.

I took a few minuts to flip through a few of them, and I came across one volume that was recorded during a difficult time for our family. As I flipped through its pages, I became increasingly disappointed with some of the things I had said. The tone was bitter. I was quickly overwhelmed with shame, and in very short order that journal was taken from the pile and destroyed. It's not that I'm trying to hide who I was, but honestly, transparency has its limits. Why leave a record of something like that? I wouldn't want my family to read those thoughts. I plan on perusing some of the other journals, too, to ensure that there aren't things that are not worthy of being kept.

For those who write in journals (and for those who blog with a lot of transparency), beware. Every thought does not need to be recorded. Instead of recording negative thoughts, write things that are good. Write about how proud you are of your kids, how much you love your family, the daily provision of God, the joy He gives. I can toss my journals aside in the garbage if I feel like they contain nothing edifying. Sure, pour out your thoughts to God, like the Psalmist did, but write with kindness and grace. Don't be harsh.

And what about our blogs? They require just as much caution and care. Don't say something about your family, your kids, or your husband that you may regret later. Transparency is a highly valued trait these days, but it must be practiced carefully. It's one thing to be transparent; it's another thing to be indiscreet, and when it comes to sharing things about our family, we really need to be careful. 

Philippians 4:8 reminds us to think on "whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise."

May we write about those things, too, whether it is a black book or a blog.

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May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDiana Lovegrove

We leave a legacy every day with every word we say.

May 22, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterJeannie

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