I can tell pretty quickly if someone is serious about investing in their personal and spiritual growth.
Lots of people say they want to grow. Perhaps they do. Maybe they desire a better life. They’re finally ready to get into recovery or wish for a stronger relationship with God. Maybe they had an incredible experience at a retreat or camp that filled them with motivation to see real change happen.
When folks talk with me about next steps in spiritual growth, I always ask the same question.
I ask them if they journal.
Most don’t. I ask if they are willing to start. Most say something like, “I’m just not into that diary thing,” Or “I’ve tried journaling, but it didn’t work for me.” Or most often “Oh, I don’t have time for that.”
That’s a bit like saying I really wanted to have fresh tomatoes in the garden, but that whole weeding and the fertilizing thing just didn’t work for me. If that’s how you feel, you don’t really want your own fresh tomatoes. You want someone else to grow tomatoes for you.
Fortunately, you can get decent tomatoes at the store, but there’s no store where you can pick up some spiritual growth. Nobody else can do it for you.