I'll be honest, memorizing scripture is not my strong suite. I can usually recall pieces of a verse and the book, but not the actual verse. Many of my conversations about scripture start with "there's a verse in there somewhere that says something along the lines of..." I can tell you the general idea, but not the actual words.
When I realized that I was fumbling with scripture that is living and dwelling in hearts, and completely butchering it, I felt like I needed to get serious about memorizing scripture. I started sticking some note cards around the house, in my car and on my phone screen, but it didn't take long for them to become a mundane part of my daily scenery. I honestly didn't even see the neon yellow index card taped on my bathroom mirror after a few days.
I looked around and thought to myself, what do I spend most of my time doing, using and looking at? Easy answer: my phone. I had a verse I had been working on for a few weeks, so I decided to enter the chapter and verse numbers as the pass code on my phone.
If the verse is Romans 14:19 my pass code becomes 1 4 1 9. The first couple of days I kept entering in my old one, and every time the error message popped up it served as a reminder, what was that verse again? I had to consciously press the numbers, even when I was distracted and grabbing my phone during a show, or while cooking, I was still thinking 1 4 1 9. I also got in the habit of saying the verse when I unlocked my phone, and not using my apps until I got all the way through the verse. Eventually, it stuck.
Fast forward several months: I was recently dealing with a conflict and having a really hard time figuring out how to respond well. After several weeks of frustration I thought, what does the bible say about this? I was standing in the copy room at work, so I wasn't able to go grab my bible or google what the bible says about conflict resolution, but a thought suddenly popped into my mind, I know a verse about this. What is that verse? It was my pass code. Something with a 4. 41..no. 14. 1 4 1 9. 14:19, Romans 14:19..peace and mutual edification.
In full disclosure, I did have to google the verse to fill in a couple of holes where my memory didn't serve, but you get the gist, right? In the middle of my work day, when I was dealing with this conflict the method worked. I was able to deal with a hardship, in the moment, in a way that would honor God and hopefully demonstrate the Gospel.
So tell me, what are your strategies for memorizing or applying scripture to your daily life?
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February's Pass Code: 6 5 0 8