I wrote a note to myself in my journal a couple of days ago. It says this:
You’re a wise man, Anthony. God has made you that way, and He isn’t going to stop giving you wisdom if you keep following Him and asking for it.
I think it’s really important for us to tell ourselves the truth, compliment ourselves, encourage ourselves. This isn’t vain flattery or arrogant pride; it’s the truth and it’s a necessary reminder. I have a tendency to disagree with this statement, or to argue with myself and think I’m stupid or ignorant or should have reasons to be wary of my own decision making. But, I have been given the Holy Spirit, and what that note says is true.
At some point, 10 years from now maybe, we’ll go back and read our journals and want to know the kind of person we were, not just the kinds of things that were floating around in our heads.
And we’ll want to see some encouragement in there, not only the struggles and questions we were wrestling with.
I don’t know, maybe you disagree. But I think you should try it out. It’s simple. What have you got to lose anyways? Write a note to yourself that if you read in 10 years you will be encouraged, and it will be honest with the kind of person you are today.
If you can’t find anything honest to write that’s encouraging or hopeful, maybe it’s time to reevaluate your life. Just don’t fake it.