Monday, March 5, 2012

One Book at a Time

As a young woman I decided to be a person who would memorize many verses in the Bible and become better equipped for teaching and counseling.  I had been spending more time reading the Word of God in bits and pieces rather than within the context of entire books. It came as a pleasant surprise to find that entire books of the Bible could be read in as little as 15 minutes. Longer books take longer, but even longer books can be read in two or three sittings.

Now I want to not only read entire books, but advance deeper into the study of each book and memorize portions of it. I had trouble visualizing  such a daunting task in the next several decades. The Bible seemed massive. The amount of what I don't know overwhelmed me. But I took my own advice about dividing everything into baby steps. 

If I choose one book of the New Testament each month to read in a setting or two, to study more deeply, to meditate and to use for memorization, I can make it through the New Testament in only two years. Even if I must smoosh smaller books together in some of the months, this is an easily attainable goal.

Sometimes the difference between giving up a dream and making that dream come true is one baby step. There is always enough light for the step I'm on so my dream never needs to overwhelms me. Walk by faith not by sight, beloved one.  Keep in step with the step at a time.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great plan, Karen. I'm memorizing 1 John 3, a verse at a time, for the next several weeks because my Tuesday night Bible study group is studying 1, 2, 3 John and Jude. Enjoy your day*