My daughter has found joy in taking notes in Church services. Most times, she would excitedly show me what she wrote in Church when we get home. But on a certain day she asked; “Daddy, can I leave my note in your office so I won’t forget it at home or have to take it to Church every time?”

My response to her supplied understanding about note taking; “If you leave it in my office, how would you go over what you have written at home? The purpose of writing is to have something to go back to after service.”

Friend, the purpose of writing is to have something to go back to later in the future. Simply put, we are not just writing for writing sake; writing is a means to an end, not an end in itself. Of what use is a filled note but empty heart, head or life? The purpose of writing is not to look serious or spiritual before people; it is to take practical, well guided steps (John 8:31-32, 2 Timothy 3:7).

“What you see write in a book…” (Revelation 1:11). God would not take you serious if you are not given to taking notes (Matthew 7:6). Even senior leaders don’t take employees or those working with them serious who do not take notes. Spiritual things are slippery. They need to be trapped. The faintest pen is better than the sharpest memory. Don’t just think it, ink it.

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it” (Habakkuk 2:2). There is a purpose for writing. It is to have something to run with. What have you written down since this year began? What has God spoken to you or shown you? What about your sermon note? How often do you go over it?

Some of the things you are confused about at the moment may have their answers in the things already written before now. Most of your questions might have been answered in your pastor’s sermons. Some of the decisions you are about to take have their guidance in what God has said before now (Acts 1:15-26). Daniel leverage what was written to know what to do next (Daniel 9:1-3). You need to do the same.

© ‘Demola Awoyele
Lead Pastor,
Destiny Impact Church
Akure, Nigeria