Thursday, December 30, 2010

Coming Soon: Mega Memory Month

It's that time of year again...Mega Memory Month!

Ann Kroeker is continuing the January tradition of hosting this memorization challenge. My first time participating was in 2009, when I took on the challenge of memorizing the prose gospel narrative from Milton Vincent's Gospel Primer for Christians. And what a wonderful experience that turned out to be! Ann hosted another round of MMM in July 2009, when I worked on the poetic version of the gospel narrative. I've since had the opportunity to serve my church by reciting these at last year's and this year's Christmas program--which has been such a blessing.

Last January, I took on a much more "mega" project: committing the book of Ephesians to memory. I got off to a great start, thanks to the encouragement and accountability of others participating in Mega Memory Month. It took me until October to finish, but I did finally accomplish my goal! I had Steve check me during our recent road trip and I've got all but the last couple of verses, which didn't get as much practice as the rest.

But don't feel intimidated if you're new to memorization or if "mega" for you is smaller. The ability to memorize easily is a gift of God's grace to me, so I feel challenged to steward it well. Do the best with what you've got! I can guarantee that He will bless your efforts to honor Him by hiding His Word in your heart, whether it's a handful of verses or a whole book.

I'm so glad for another round of Mega Memory Month. Though it's easy for me to memorize, I must confess that I don't take advantage of the ability as much as I could. Last year was a perfect example of the difference that memorizing alongside others can make: I memorized Ephesians 1:1-2:10 in a month, and then took nine more months to memorize the remaining four and a half chapters because I didn't have that accountability and motivation to persevere!

So I'm thinking about what to work on, and hoping you'll join me this month. What better way to start the new year than by working to hide God's Word in your heart?


Ann Kroeker said...

You are always such an inspiration to me, Amy! I can't wait to see what you decide to commit to memory--you've been so creative (and successful!). I also love how you were able to offer your gift to your worship community two years in a row. That is really inspiring!

Rebecca said...

I seriously should participate in this. One of my "before I turn 30 goals" is to memorize Psalm 119. I just about have the first 8 verses but I have a long way to go! Thanks for the reminder. I think I've been reading your blog long enough that you've done two of these mega memory months! Good for you and what a blessing that you can memorize easily.

Amy said...

yes, go for Psalm 119! your comment almost inspired me to go that route, but I spent quite a bit of time in Ps 119 earlier this year already, so decided to work on something different. If you work on it, I highly recommend David Powlison's CCEF article on Psalm 119--really powerful and eye-opening for me--if you can't find it online, LMK and I can send you a PDF.