I am one of those people.
One of those people who makes a list of goals on January 1. I usually make a budget. Write out a calendar. Start reading through the Bible and get on a fitness program.
Organization excites me. I guess that’s why I love New Years Day. I love getting a new calendar. Starting new financial software. Filing the stacks of papers on my desk and making all new files. It’s glorious!
But over time, I have learned that when I make a long list of goals, I usually get to the end of the year and realize I accomplished about half of them.
And when I write a short list of goals, I usually get to the end of the year and realize I accomplished about half of them.
Almost every year, I have Scripture Memory in my list of goals. And almost every year, it ends up in the half of goals that went by the wayside. Around January 5.
Not proud of that fact. Just being honest.
So I give Katie Blatchford credit for her convicting question to me yesterday…”Are you on a Scripture memory program?”
So I’ve purposed to try in 2017. Again.
If you, like me, understand the benefits of memorizing Scripture but need a little extra “something something” to keep you going, here are some ideas:
Katie told me about Beth Moore’s blog and Scripture Memory program. It has you choose your own verses and memorize one every two weeks. You get a spiral 3×5 card holder to record and review verses with.
I had also recently taken a look at the Fighter Verses Scripture memory program. It has a plan for one verse a week and you can subscribe to have them e-mailed to you. I also downloaded their really cool app which has, not only the verses, but some commentary, and the verses set to music.
Music is a good way for me to memorize, so I listened to Psalm 40:8 set to music about 100 times while I got ready this morning. I plan to do that all week although, admittedly, it’s a verse I memorized as a kid so I think I already know it. [Also, I was also reminded of one the big reasons I consistently stall out with Scripture memory–the battle of the versions. The version I used for Scripture memory as a kid isn’t the same most programs are in now, so it gets confusing and sometimes a little counter productive for repeat verses.]
As I was downloading the Fighter Verses app, I found out that there are actually quite a few apps out there specifically for Scripture memory. So no excuses. Shoot, they even have an app that will listen to you say the verse and beep when you get a word wrong.
Yep, there’s an app for everything. Including budgeting, working out, counting calories, meal planning, keeping your house clean, and even blogging. So…I guess that means I’m pretty much out of excuses for everything in 2017. Too bad they don’t make an app to live 2017 for me.
I won’t stay organized in 2017. But this time, I’m determined to at least stick with Scripture memory. That’s why I’m telling you. So at the end of 2017, Scripture memory will be in the half of goals with a check mark by them. Actually, I want it to have a check mark even if it’s the only one.