Writing is not found in your typical list of spiritual disciplines: prayer, reading the Bible, and meditation. Those would be a little bit more likely, but let me tell you why writing has saved my relationship with God.
I’m the kind of guy who likes to be going a million miles an hour all the time. One of my life mottoes is that it’s better to be busy than bored. I struggle with being still. In the moments where I do manage to be still, my brain is still on the move thinking about all the things I have to do. With that much mental and physical activity, it is difficult to get into a position where I can really allow my soul to be at rest and to listen to God.
So after years of prayers that twisted and turned chasing all sorts of mental rabbit trails and times of meditation that ended up in me writing down lists of things I needed to accomplish that day, I began to write. Slowly but surely writing began to change me and provide more depth to my devotional times.
Writing gave me something tangible to do while focusing my thoughts and prayers. For years now I have written down almost all of my prayers because it forces me to slow down and to take my time. Writing helps me move my prayer away from being a mad dash to the finish before my attention span runs out, and has turned it a more focused process. Yes, I still get sidetracked at times, but it’s easier for me to not get bored and just give up.
As I read scripture I find that writing helps because again it forces me to slow down. When something stands out to me I take time to write it out and ponder it. At the end I’m left with a few key points to carry with me as I go throughout my day. The things I write stick with me long after I close my journal. If you’re like me, spending regular quality time with God is not natural. It is an act of discipline and a daily challenge to be fully present. Incorporating writing has not suddenly made it fun and easy every day, but it has provided a helpful rhythm and routine to my spiritual devotions.