After an exciting January of memorizing the Word together, many have asked, "When’s the next Challenge?"
Now that February is upon us, the Journey team is gearing up for the first Journeys of 2009 and also making plans for the Living the Journey Conferences in August. With a full schedule, it doesn’t look like we’ll be able to host an official Challenge here at livingthejourney.com until possibly next January. So now our challenge to you is … start your own memorization challenge!
It will take some initiative and diligence, but the rewards can last forever. Here are some tips to get you started.
1. Select a Chapter
The entire Bible is good, but you have to start somewhere. Different passages speak directly to different areas of life. What needs and struggles are you facing right now? Many Psalms are excellent when you are feeling depression or discouragement, such as Psalm 42 or 139. Are you struggling with the lusts of the flesh? Try Romans 6, 7, and 8. Fighting temptations? Memorize James 1. Do you want a closer relationship with Jesus Christ? Engraft John 15. If you’re up for a challenge and would like to gain a hunger for more of the Word, try Psalm 119!
There are so many wonderful chapters! Leave a comment and share what passages have meant a lot to you.
Ask the Lord to bring to your mind some other believers whom you could challenge to join you in memorizing a chapter of Scripture in a specified period of time. It could include the members of your very own family, young people in your church, those whom you are keeping in contact from your Journey, or even a Christian family in your neighborhood. Go to them and see if they would be willing to join you in a challenge.
3. Set a Deadline
Stretch yourself and make it something you have to work to accomplish. Don’t make it impossible but don’t make it too easy. You’re not a wimp.
For me, a verse a day is a lot to keep going over a long period of time and it allows me time to meditate on the verse throughout the day.
4. Establish Accountability
Ask your parents, your grandparents, your pastor, or someone you look up to to keep you accountable. Select someone whom you’d hate to disappoint. Without the motivation of accountability, it is much too easy to become "too busy" to complete your objective.
Let us know what the Lord taught you as challenged yourself and others to memorize His Living Word, mediate on it, and apply it to life. We may even post your word of testimony here to encourage others!