Growing up, my dad always hammered the purpose of writing things down. He said that whatever you have in mind, be it Plans, a thought or ideas, always put them down on paper. My dad didn’t just tell us to do it, he showed us. He had a book specially for plans of the day, he had a book for work, he had a book for building plans, he even had a book for his children. He literally gave us books and said “always write things, do not carry anything in your head because if you do, you will forget it “.
Why should you write things down?
When you write things down it helps you pen down your thoughts on a piece of paper. Sometimes amazing ideas might come into our heads or even God might be talking to us, and if we refuse to write this down, we might end up losing this thought in our heads forever. Writing things down helps us to assess information later. How many times have you thought of the groceries you need to get from Tesco, only to go there and come back realising you actually forgot something? This is a clear example that no matter how smart or brilliant one could be the mind can’t retain every thought of ours.
Another reason why we should write things down is because it could be beneficial to other people. If those men inspired by God didn’t write down the accounts of God, the Bible we all read today will not be available to us. Also, this account would have died in the minds of the inspired men of God. Exodus 17: 14 says – “The Lord said unto Moses, write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven”.
That verse takes me to my final point on why we need to write things down. Finally, we need to write things for remembrance/ reference. The Bible in Isaiah 30: 8 says- “Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and note it on a scroll, that it may be for time to come, forever and ever”. This verse tells us simply that He wants us to write things down and what we write down could last the test of time. In the Bible, David talked about how he understood the Lord in writing (Read 1 Chronicles 28:19)
Remember earlier when I talked about God talking to us and if we refuse to write it down, we might forget it. The book of Habakkuk 2:2 clearly explains this point. Personally, I like how one version puts it. It says: “And then God answered; Write this, write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run”. Another version says; “And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run who reads it”. I advise that you use whichever version that speaks to you more. Jeremiah 30:2 says “Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you’.
I didn’t usually like writing things down but I have learnt its importance. I looked at myself when I hardly put things down and I realised some of the mistakes I made. I am writing all this down because at the closing of church today (March 10, 2019) the Holy spirit said to put this down. Though I don’t like writing but I saw this as a test. I have combined my writing with a little bit of research. I told myself I wouldn’t be distracted with any other thing tonight until I finish this write up.
God Bless You!!!