7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.Romans 2: 7-8
When you drift off to sleep at night, what do you think about right before you enter the dreamworld? Or if you take a moment to just mentally check out during the day, and you close your eyes, what images come to mind?
What do you dwell on?
Do you dwell on glory, honor, and immortality?
I generally think about golf before I drift off. Seriously, and I’m not saying I’m proud of that, nor am I saying that it’s a bad thing in and of itself. But I do want to pray that I would love the thought of Jesus so much that his glory would be the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I want to want immortality more than anything.
Memory Movie Scene
As I explained a couple of days ago, I’m creating my “memory movie” by using the first 14 or so presidents as my characters. Since today is our fourth day studying Romans 2, the memory character is James Madison. The only thing left to do is pick out keywords and come up with a scene in which Madison says those keywords so that I can remember them.
Today I’ll choose the keywords “To, immortality, but, reject.”
The tricky part now is coming up with a scene that clearly accentuates those words. It can be tough, because it’s hard to think of Madison saying only those four words, since that doesn’t really make for a very memorable scene, but if you add too many filler words, then it might be hard to remember the really important words. I think for today I’ll try remedying that by having Madison say two sentences (representing the two verses) each sentence will start with a keyword, as each verse does, and each sentence will clearly highlight the other important keyword. So today, in my mind, Madison might be giving a speech in defense of the Constitution (since he was the father of the Constitution) in which he says something like “The the halls of immortality we will assign our cause.” and then in this scene I’ll have him express a face of doubt and stare off up to his upper left, looking wistful as as a thought bubble appears saying “But what if they reject it?”
I think you can see how that incorporates the keywords without letting them be overshadowed by the surrounding prose.
This post is day 6 in a 31 day series about memorizing Romans 2. This is a perfect place to get started. Overall, this post is day 66 in a 366 day series. If you’d like, check out one of our “Getting Started” posts to learn more about our overall mission to memorize the book of Romans in one year.