Most days I’m in serious need of a mental makeover by 5:00 p.m. I start the morning on a positive note, but then home school, housework, e-mail, errands, and phone calls leave my mind worn down and overwhelmed by late afternoon. That’s why I want to keep working this year on the single most important New Year’s resolution I ever made.
Actually I don’t even like New Year’s resolutions because making a list of commitments feels like setting myself up for failure: I usually forget all about them by January 15th. For the past several years, I review my vision statement instead, and choose two or three NEW HABITS to cultivate. I forget a list of resolutions, but I can focus on a few new habits.
This year, I’m recommitting to what has been the most life-changing habit so far: memorizing scripture. Not just isolated verses, but memorizing passages, verse by verse. I do it because frankly sometimes I need something better to think about than my own whining thoughts.
You see, by 5 o’clock most days the voices of discouragement and complaining knock at my door:
- I don’t have enough time for everything.
- What on earth am I going to make for dinner?
- What will happen to my family if the economic crisis worsens?
I want God’s words written on my mind and heart to counteract the voices of the world.
Why Memorize Scripture?
- God’s words transform our thoughts and renew our minds.
- Dwelling on God’s word increases our faith.
- Having God’s word in our hearts helps us grow closer to Him.
- God’s word empowers us.
- It encourages us.
- It gives us something to share with others.
How to Do it?
I use a little pink notebook, a moleskine look-alike, as my scripture memory book, and I write just one or two verses on each page with the verse number at the top. After choosing a passage that encourages me, I work on it one verse at a time. Each day I review the verses I’ve already memorized; then I copy and memorize the new verse for the day. Here’s what it looks like:
Review is important because if you’re like me, you can memorize something, but then two weeks later, it’s gone out the window. In fact my goal for January and February is just to review the passages I’ve already memorized.
What about you? Are you setting any goals for 2012? If you had to pick one Bible passage to memorize, what would it be?