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Over at the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood blog I share seven reasons why men should keep journals.

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A glance through history reveals many men who kept journals: Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Madison, Captain Cook, Mark Twain, Winston Churchill, and Ronald Reagan. Some notable Christians include Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Andrew Bonar, David Brainerd and, in our own day, John Piper. As I reflect on journaling, there are seven reasons why men should journal.

(1) to keep a record of life’s journey;
(2) to have a tangible account of God’s blessings;
(3) to serve as a reminder of the long-term sanctification process;
(4) to aid in prayer and meditation;
(5) to practice the writing craft;
(6) to keep a collection of odds and ends; and
(7) to be an enduring gift to posterity.

I expand on each of these, then offer a warning and encouragement. Read the rest here.