Remember the original series of Star Trek on TV? At the beginning of the show and between commercials were the voiceover journal entries of the Captain. It went something like this, “Captain’s Log, (James Kirk, aka William Shatner,)…” he would state their mission and then he’d say a lesson or what he believed to be a lesson, what happened on the mission etc.
That’s what we should do, have a mission. If we have a life mission it is to serve the Lord with all our heart. - 1 Samuel 12:20
The goals or tasks that the Lord sets before us are the daily things we do to attain the mission to serve Him. That’s what I think of when I do a SOAP journal. Click on this link to learn more about what a SOAP journal is.
If you’re a Trekkie and a Christian – you could look at it this way. The Captain is the pastor in your church. He gives you guidance and direction and he keeps a daily log of what has occurred on his ship (your church). The daily devotion that a Christian has is time spent with the Lord daily. Only you don’t have to be a pastor in order to keep a journal, nor are you unable to know what the Bible is saying (mission in life) as all Christians have been given the blessing of knowing God’s will through His Word.
If you desire to have a closer relationship with the Lord you must follow James 4:8, “Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
If you don’t draw near to the Lord on a daily basis, how will He draw closer to you? You might think what does that have to do with Star Trek and the Captain’s log? Well, for many people who read and can retain what they read; it is even better to write a log or a journal of what you read in scripture. You will retain more; God can speak to you through that time you take to document your ‘application,’ asking the Lord to teach you what the meaning of the verse(s) are, then seeking how you can apply that scripture to your life. That is what SOAP journaling is all about – drawing closer to God. Will you start your daily log or journal of your devotions today?