I’ve been pondering over the last month what I want my New Year’s Resolutions to be (obviously NOT procrastination-JK) and I’ve felt a more and more pressing need to delve into the Word. Now, first off, I don’t really “get” the whole resolution thing. If I decided I want to change a habit or add something to my routine, why does it have to start at the New Year? That’s why I took some time to think about things I wanted to intentionally work on over the next year.
Hear that? Intentionally work on. I know change doesn’t happen instantaneously. It will take work, dedication, and accountability. And to do this, I have to be intentional. I read in a fellow blogger’s blog last week about how she will be intentional about memorizing Scripture over the next year, and that struck a chord. I know God has been calling me to begin memorizing again, something I haven’t done since my childhood Sunday School days (ok….not THAT long ago). But I’ve been avoiding it….I hate to say. But as I dig deeper into His word, and have prayed for Him to create a hunger in my heart for His word, He has made this task enjoyable, and I am happily anticipating my new project.
But why should I even bother memorizing? I have a Bible at home and on my computer, and I can Google something on my phone whenever I want. Is it an archaic practice? I don’t think so.
Psalm 119:11 (NIV) “I have hidden Your Word in my heart that I might not sin against You.”
Psalm 40:8 (NIV) “I desire to do Your will, Oh my God; Your law is written in my heart.”
Proverbs 2:1,5 (NIV) “My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you….then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.”
If the Bible has something to say about storing up the Word of God in our hearts, isn’t it worth our while to do so?
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, that memorizing Scripture…No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends…You attitudes and outlook will begin to change…Your faith will be solidified.” –Chuck Swindoll
So, where will I start memorizing, you may ask? I’m taking a leap of faith and committing to the Romans Project, which is a plan of memorizing Romans 1, 8, and 12 over a year. Now, considering I have far more free time than the average America, I intend to do this in 3 months. Yes, 3 months. I was going to shorten in to 52 days (52 weeks….52 days, see?) but I realized that I need time to let His word sink in, rather than pushing through as fast as I can. So 90 days, and hopefully less. Then…who knows? A new project, I suppose!
I got the idea for the Romans Project from yet another amazing blog, and if you want to join along with, head there to find a printout of the versus and the plan. I made a beautiful little booklet that I can carry around with me and memorize, and I’m looking forward to spending time on a bush taxi, memorizing His Word as I bounce down the dirt roads.
Anyone want to join in? Post in the comments and we can keep each other accountable. And anyone who wants to hold ME accountable, please do! Ask me how it’s going, anytime of the day. To make it easier, follow me on Twitter.