Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
To God's holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God's people-
Because I am crazy, and because I earnestly desire to drink deeply from God's well of living water, I have committed to memorize the book of Colossians in 2011.
The idea is, "Committing hearts to him and his words to heart."
In an auspicious beginning, I have memorized four verses so far.
Those of you participating in Mega Memory Month with Ann Kroeker are probably way ahead of me. But I am running a marathon, so I concede the sprint to you.
So far, I have not needed any special memory tricks. I have also not received any special epiphanies. But it will happen. I also expect to start needing memory aids by next week, if not in the next two days.
In related news, two days ago I finished reading my way through the Bible, cover to cover. It took me 106 days instead of the goal of 90, but was my best finish ever. It impacted me so much I started again yesterday, on a 350 day pace.
What other job exists for the follower of Jesus, than to drink deeply of Scripture and be changed by it?
All I can do is encourage those journeying through life alongside me to pick up the challenge. Drink God's Living Water.
It will change your life.