Doug Woolley's Diary
April 8, 1985
February 8, 1987
As a long distance runner
in middle school and high school, I enjoyed logging the
number of miles I would run and observing my growth as a
runner. To assist me in my endeavors, a relative gave me a
Christmas gift, The Complete Runner's Day-by-Day Log and
Calendar 1979, by James F. Fixx. For the next 5 years, I
would write of my running journeys, tallying the number of
miles I ran each day, week, month, and year. By the end of
1983, I had logged over 5,600 miles for my career. As my
senior year at Coral Springs High School came to an end and
I began my freshman year at the University of South Florida,
I noticed that my log book had taken on a different theme.
Since I was running only occasionally, the writings became
more descriptive of my daily activities and relationships
and began to occupy more space than was provided in the
running log book. It was at this time in April of 1985, that
I decided to write my diary in a word processor on the
computer. This diary, or journal, soon increased in length
and scope, recording every facet of my life, with an
emphasis on my spiritual growth.
Harry J. Cargas and Rojer
J. Radley, aptly define a journal in their book Keeping a
A journal is a
book in which you keep a personal record of events
in your life, of your different relationships, of
your response to things, of your feelings about
things--of your search to find out who you are and
what the meaning of your life might be. It is a book
in which you carry out the greatest of life's
adventures--the discovery of yourself.
Having entered into a real
relationship with Jesus Christ by faith on June 3, 1980, I
continued to grow spiritually within the Lutheran church.
While attending college in 1984, I joined a dormitory Bible
Study that led me into a deeper walk with the Lord. Soon
afterwards, I was attending a non-denominational Church and
was baptized in the Holy Spirit, enabling me to be a more
effective witness and servant for the Lord Jesus Christ.
My first two years of
exponential spiritual growth after becoming a part of
Maranatha International Christian Church are recorded in my
diary from April 8, 1985 to February 8, 1987,
covering 96 weeks. The diary has served its purpose and
continues to be a source of encouragement for me as I see
the hand of God guiding and molding my life. Having
discontinued the diary, I continue to "press on towards the
goal," realizing that I fall far short of God's perfect
standard: Jesus Christ.
Douglas E. Woolley
January 1, 1993
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