A Journal a Day Keeps the Hypocrite Away

A Journal a Day Keeps the Hypocrite Away


“You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.” – Matthew 7:5 NRSV

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I recently came across this old article (if 2014 is considered old) about what Fortune 500 Leaders and their daily routines.  How Fortune 500 Leaders Spend Every Minute of the Day (Infographic)

It was intriguing to me for two reasons. One, surveys are always a bit idealistic when it comes to this sort of data, so I was a tad skeptical of the “perfect day” it showed. And two, in light of my own recent discipline of keeping a paper calendar on my desk, I was curious how my day compared.

In some ways my calendar has become my journal. I went back to a paper calendar so that I can visually see and manually edit the commitments that appear. In lots of ways, it is holding me more accountable to the time I have each day, each week.

“Journaling is not the mere recording of facts about the day’s events. It is more than keeping a log or diary. Rather, journaling involves reflection and contemplation.”  – Jim Martin 

In my work as a minister and an administrator, I do a lot of talking about priorities and balance. And to be extremely honest, sometimes the reasons for getting all out of whack in those areas are very compelling – good ministry, great people, busy season, etc. I have to be very careful not to fall victim to my own good reasons.

“Keeping a journal helps one to see patterns of behavior of which one may not be aware.” – JM

I hope to continue to grow into the use of my calendar as a journal. Not only to be a good steward of the time that God has given me, but to make sure I am using that time in the right way – family, health, study, prayer, ministry, relationships. On this Monday, whether you have a digital calendar or a paper one, I encourage you to do an audit. Audit your calendar and see where you are really using your time. As an administrator, get the log of time mismanagement out of your own eye before you try to help others remove the speck of time imbalance from theirs.

Monday Blessings,


Martin, Jim (1992) “Journaling as a Spiritual Discipline,” Leaven: Vol. 2: Iss. 4, Article 8. Available at: http://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/leaven/vol2/iss4/8

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