Day 31 in Romans: The last of Romans 8

I’m sure that we want this process to be meaningful–but what if it hasn’t been. What if, for thirty days you worked your tail off to memorize an entire chapter of Romans, but now all you can remember is a few stupid acronyms and a silly movie you created in your mind, but you can barely remember any actual Bible verses? What if you embarked on this journey to get closer to God, but you feel like you’re farther away from him than when you started? Maybe you used to read a couple chapters of the Bible every day, and now you struggle over a couple verses a day, and you dissect them with a mnemonic scalpel, but nothing about this process is really changing your life.

Well, if you’re following the same schedule I am, then tomorrow will be a sabbath, and you should take a break from this Bible memory process. Step back tomorrow and think about what you have gained from this process. I know I usually ask that you don’t even think about Romans on your sabbaths, but tomorrow might be different, because we’re completely shifting gears after this month.

I’m Struggling to Find the Meaning in This

Look, if we’re being completely honest, I’ve almost burnt out on this multiple times. Literally if I wasn’t using Stickk, with hundreds of dollars on the line, I probably would have given up by now. Like is blogging really my thing?

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Not only have I nearly gotten burnt out, but I don’t even feel like I’m learning scripture sometimes. I feel like I’m repeating nonsensical acronyms, and then I have some oblique relationship with a Bible verse, but nothing about my love of Christ or desire to know more about the Word has changed. Yet other times, a passage of scripture jumps out at me and brands itself in my mind. It plays over and over in my head and it becomes a mantra that turns around an otherwise ugly day. It speaks life into this corpse of a soul.

Yet other times, a passage of scripture jumps out at me and brands itself in my mind. It plays over and over in my head and it becomes a mantra that turns around an otherwise ugly day. It speaks life into this corpse of a soul.

The question for us becomes, “How do we maximize the days in which our Bible verse speak life into our souls, and how do we minimize the days in which Bible memorization only rattles around in our hollow soul?”

Next month, we start a journey to maximize the good days and minimize the bad days. Oh, and if you’re still feeling discouraged, try running through your memory movie today. Then try to remember as much of Romans 8 as possible. It may not be pretty, But you might get 10, 15, 20 verses (or more) right. In all likelihood thats 10, 15, or 20 verses of powerful stuff that you didn’t have memorized at the beginning of the month. Game on, Satan.

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