One of the main reasons I'm excited is because of the personal responsibility this will require. If you are mentored, your mentor is part of your growth process. Sundays bring teaching from someone else that has studied the depths of a passage. Conferences and bible studies also rely on others to help bring personal growth into your life. All of these are great tools that God has designed to help us grow in our knowledge and understanding of him, but memorizing scripture is up to you. I can't memorize your verse for you, your mentor can't, your pastor can't, your accountability partner can't... It is up to you. You will have to take the personal responsibility to write down the verses, study them, review them, and learn them. But, good news! I can promise that the Holy Spirit is going to be your Great Helper! You will spend time the to ask Him to write these verses on your heart. You have to take personal responsibility, but it is through his anointing and strength that your life will be transformed. You can't change your own life through scripture memory, but you can put the verses in your heart and mind and allow Him to work his amazing grace. Pretty awesome, don't ya think?
I chose my first verse of the year as a verse of hope. I'm truly hoping God is doing a new thing in my life and in Second Mile this year. I'm asking for it.
The second verse was very exciting for me because it says his eyes are on us when we fear him and hope in his love. Usually, we hear people say, "Keep your eyes on Jesus." That is a great thing to do, but I'm much more excited about his eyes being on me because there are times that I feel like I'm in a famine need his deliverance.
To comment leave your name, verse, and translation to let us know what verses you are doing for January:
Angel Is 43:19 See, I am doing a new thing. Now it springs up! Do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. NIV
Ps 33:18-19 The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in the famine. NIV
Because our group is small-ish feel free to add anything to the comment you want. I'm always interested in things you have to say about this process. Several guys have mentioned that they read my blog and some are memorizing verses, too. Don't be shy guys. We love to hear from you. This isn't a woman only blog. If it was, I would have chosen a pink background. Lead out, gentlemen!
It is going to be great reading all the comments for the next few days! Let's hear what your working on. And, it is never too late to join in the fun! If you haven't signed up yet, just jump right on in!