It’s hard to believe that just four months ago, I pitched the idea of P2R – Partnering to Remember and the Memory Moleskine with a focus of memorizing the book of Philippians with friends and family. Little did I know or could have ever imagined that the P2R Philippians Moleskine would be download by 40,000+ people and translated into multiple languages around the world. Children as young as three joined in. I heard from countless families employing P2R in the family dinners and devotions. Numerous churches and youth groups embraced the challenge corporately. Testimonies haven been shared across Facebook and Twitter on a daily and weekly basis, encouraging one another to press on in the meditation and memorization of God’s Word. There has even been a P2R iOS app created for those who have an iPhone, iPod, or iPad.
The 16 week challenge officially ended yesterday, Easter Sunday. It has truly been a privilege and joy to partake of this with so many folks both in my local church and the church worldwide. I know that there are many of you who are still working on finishing the book of Philippians, and I strongly encourage you to press on. The 16-week schedule was employed simply as a guide and template to provide accountability and challenge you to press on in memorizing Scripture. The rewards and dividends of treasuring the Scripture in your heart and life will multiply in the weeks, months, and years to come.
Where do we go from here?
Because our minds are so quickly to forget and lose the impressions made through the pattern of memorizing large portions of Scripture, my encouragement for the immediate future would be to mediate, reflect on, and repeat again and again the book of Philippians from memory. Work it over for the following weeks and months so that the book of Philippians can be quoted with little struggle for retrieval. The longer and more sustained your reflection and repetition, the better it will be permanently sealed in your mind and heart.
Having said that, if you feel very comfortable with Philippians and have it securely embedded in your mind, you may want to consider memorizing smaller portions of the Bible, such as various Psalms or chapters in the Bible like Romans 8. You can create a miscellaneous memory moleskine with various portions or chapters of Scripture that you are memorizing intermittently between books of the Bible.
Speaking of books of the Bible, I do plan to start another P2R Memory Moleskine until the new year. Below is a poll asking for your input. Which book of the Bible should P2R seek to undertake? Let me know your thoughts!
Again, thank you for partnering to remember with me and so many others. Don’t stop now. Memorization is for meditation, exhortation, application, and daily transformation. May God’s Word be fresh manna to satisfy the appetite of a soul hungry to know God.