and why I’ve hardly found the magic pill.

14 I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish. 15 That is why I am so eager to preach the gospel also to you who are in Rome.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

Romans 1:14-17

I think that my optimism yesterday was not unfounded. For most of the day I actually completely forget to memorize the daily selection of verses until sometime in the late morning or early afternoon (I know, it’s hard to believe that I don’t think about this challenge or this blog at every hour of the day–that was sarcasm, but honestly, it probably isn’t good that the word wasn’t more on my mind than that). When I finally sat down to try to slog through the verses, I looked at the five keywords I pulled out yesterday–they were “serve, opened, impart, mutually, harvest”–and to my great astonishment, I simply rattled off all the verses in my mind with near perfect accuracy. I could hear my voice from the voice memo I had listened to over and over again; I could hear my voice from the dozens of times I read the chapter aloud. It was brilliant, and instead of laborious slog-sessions every hour, one simple glance at the keywords engrained all the verses in my memory–or, rather, that simple session showed me that the verses were already there.

So, on one hand this is tremendous news. It seems that the “one simple trick” from earlier in the month might actually work really well. I listened to this chapter on my voice memo on average twice a day this whole month, and I read the entire chapter aloud first thing in the morning every day. And the dividends are rolling in–woot woot–I’m practically the Warren Buffett of Bible memorization. All this investing has really paid off.

Not so fast.

If you’re not already familiar with the tone I use for derisive self-criticism, that’s what the Warren Buffett stuff was all about.

If you’d like to explore the potential questions and pitfalls of this breakthrough, then join me tomorrow for part 2.

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