Happy New Year! I love the freshness of January. Hanging a new calendar on the wall. Opening the first page of a new planner. Secretly purging all my son’s toys during nap time. This is a great time to start introducing new disciplines into your daily routine. This year, one of my goals is the memorize more Scripture, so this verse jumped out to me this morning:
“So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates, so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to your ancestors. Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.” Deut. 11:18-22
These verses gets used a lot as a drive to memorize Bible verses. But more importantly, I think Moses is urging us to familiarize ourselves with God’s story, remember it and share it. What use is it to recite a few sentences out of the Bible if you aren’t acknowledging it’s context? God desires for us to know and trust him, which will result in obedience and reverence. The Old Testament is a great place to start. If you are just joining us, I encourage you to read the first chapters of Deuteronomy.
Commit yourselves wholeheartedly. Any type of commitment requires sacrifice and dedication. What does it look like for you to carve out space to read your Bible? To meditate, or spend time alone with God? A lot of times I reason that I can’t introduce a new discipline into my life because I already have too much going on. Really, I don’t want to give up anything else. This morning I’m asking myself, what needs to go? Why is so hard for me to make time to memorize Scripture?
Take note of your habits today. If there is something you are hoping to change this year, make a plan. Often we are trying to side-step giving something up. Pray and ask God to help you reframe your time and make room for him.
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