October 1st. The leaves are turning. The air is brisk. Pumpkins sit on front porches next to cornstalks and scarecrows. Wouldn't that be nice? If only. Good news for those of us in the desert: it is actually a tad bit cooler. It is getting light a little bit later. And, the feel in the air is definitely autumn, even if it is a desert sort of autumn.
What I'm reminded of the most in writing this post is we only have three months left to complete our first year of memorizing scripture together. I have some pretty lofty memorizing goals to reach before the end of December. To be perfectly honest, I'm growing more and more skeptical that I will actually reach my goal, but I'm pressing in none the less. Do you have a goal you're hoping to reach? A specific number of verses you were hoping to learn this year? A passage you're really hoping to complete by January? If not, set a goal or two for the next three months. Challenge yourself beyond what you think you can do and go for it!
One of the reasons I'm concerned about my own personal goal reaching is my focus on Retreat de Moxie stole time away from truly memorizing my September verses. I reviewed on a regular basis and tried to memorize, but if I'm honest I don't quite have the new verses down. However, I'm going to go ahead and add two new verses into the mix. If I don't have them all by October 15th I won't add anything new. Sound good? It works for me.
If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
Yeah, I'm pretty sure I can do it. Self-discipline will be a must, but I will take the challenge to heart.
Please share what you will be memorizing. Feel free to share your goal reaching status. If you haven't thought through goals, take some time to consider what you could do, what would push you a little, what would require steadfast discipline to accomplish.