Through Mega Memory Month, I got to visit the blogs of several beautiful women who are striving to hide God's Word in their hearts. MMM is over now, but a blogger named Dea has issued a new challenge at her blog. If you're "addicted" to memorization after MMM (I heard someone say this on a comment somewhere--what a great addiction!), or if the idea of "mega" memorization was intimidating and you want to start smaller, here's a great way to begin.
Dea is memorizing, and challenging others to memorize, the definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I've decided to join in--I'd really like to get the whole chapter written on my heart, because these are words I desperately need to live by! During this month when the world is thinking about love and putting forth false pictures of love, passing off lust as love, I'm looking forward to learning and meditating on God's definition of love. I want to think about love as He does.
"If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal" (1 Corinthians 13:1).
I believe that God has given me a gift with words. But no matter how eloquent my writing or how smooth my speech, it is meaningless if it isn't growing out of love for Him and for those I speak to. Our world is filled with so much clamor and noise and chaos already--I don't want to contribute to that. I long for my words to matter, to build up and edify, to magnify Him.
And so, starting this month, I'm praying that God will cause me to love others far more than I love the sound of my own voice. May my words spring from love and express love. May He teach me, and you, to love as He does!