NOTE: After having printed out the sections of Scripture, I realized that the margins were a bit wide (they could work if you cut the pieces of paper really tight). I went and updated the margins and made necessary adjustments to make the text fit more comfortably in the moleskine. So if you downloaded the older version, you may want to scratch that and download this updated version.
After the interview with Andy Davis last week, and then hearing him preach on filling your life with Scripture, I was really convicted by the fact that I have been hit and miss for the past couple of years when it comes to memorizing Scripture. I would memorize a passage or chapter only to forget it the next month, and as a result, the Scripture I put to memory found little application in my life (such as in witnessing, personal sanctification, counseling others, etc.).
Consequently, I have been thinking over the past couple of days about what I can do to change and grow in this area. I want to memorize Scripture with a focus on retention and reflection that will return by way of application and ministry to myself and to others. As of next week (July 6), 26 weeks remain on the 2008 calendar–a perfect time to memorize a book of the Bible. I have chosen to take on the book of Ephesians because it is (1) reasonable length, (2) gloriously doctrinal, (3) and intensely practical.
I realize that Andy has a 26 week plan for Ephesians in his booklet, An Approach to Extended Memorization of Scripture, but I tweaked mine just a bit to allow room for sustained review. Here is my schedule plan that I drafted earlier this morning:
Week 1 :: Ephesians 1:1-6
Week 2 :: Ephesians 1:7-14
Week 3 :: Ephesians 1:15-23
Week 4 :: Ephesians 2:1-9
Week 5 :: Ephesians 2:10-16
Week 6 :: Ephesians 2:17-22
Week 7 :: Ephesians 3:1-6
Week 8 :: Ephesians 3:7-13
Week 9 :: Ephesians 3:14-21
>> Week 10 – Review 1-9
Week 11 :: Ephesians 4:1-8
Week 12 :: Ephesians 4:9-16
Week 13 :: Ephesians 4:17-24
Week 14 :: Ephesians 4:25-32
Week 15 :: Ephesians 5:1-6
Week 16 :: Ephesians 5:7-14
Week 17 :: Ephesians 5:15-21
Week 18 :: Ephesians 5:22-33
Week 19 :: Ephesians 6:1-9
Week 20 :: Ephesians 6:10-17
Week 21 :: Ephesians 6:18-24
>> Week 22 – Review weeks 11-21
>> Week 23 – Recite weeks 1-22
>> Week 24 – Meditate, Pray, and Rejoice!
Some of the weeks have fewer verses than others, but I think all in all it balances out. Week 10 is dedicated entirely for review of chapters 1-3, which breaks the book (and schedule) down in half. Week 22 is review for the second half, and week 23 reviews the entire book. Week 24 is simply devoted to praying through the book, meditating on it, and thanking God for the journey through it. Two weeks are unaccounted for in this plan (24 weeks when there are 26 left in the calendar year), but I figured Thanksgiving and Christmas week could represent those weeks.
So what do you think? Look like a good plan? Anyone else interested in the journey?
To keep the verses before me, I have put together what I am called my “memory Moleskine.” I recently purchased a three-pack of “Cashier Pocket Ruled Notebook” from Moleskine. One of them is my “getting things done” book for the month, another my missional moleskine (more about that later), and the other my memory moleskine.
On the left side of the memory moleskine, I am pasting a typed-out version of the text, broken down in the sections of Scripture mentioned above. The font size is 10 point, and I am using the English Standard Version. On the right side of the moleskine, I am dividing the page into two sections: the top half focusing on “review” and the bottom half focusing on “reflection.” Under review, I will mark the number of times I review the passage along with the corresponding dates. Under reflection, I will write notes and observations I glean from dwelling in the text (such as themes, truths, etc.).
I plan on taking some pictures and posting what the memory moleskine set up looks like. But the goal is to constantly have it with me and before me throughout the day. The small, thin cashier moleskine is perfect for carrying in your pocket or purse (ladies only, man purses not allowed).
Anyone planning on doing this and using the ESV, you can download my doc (see note above) which has the sections already set up to print. All you will have to do is cut the pages and paste the texts in the moleskine.
So that’s the plan. Now it’s time to get started. Anyone interested in joining in, let me know. May God’s Word be hid in our hearts and worked out in our lives.