That’s the question I have been asking since June. The Partnering 2 Remember Memory Moleskine took a life of its own this year with over 30,000 people participating in the challenge. To say that I was blown away by the response would be a great understatement. A Facebook page was created as well as a Twitter account. And even an iOS app was developed in the process. It was so encouraging to hear from small groups in South Africa, missionary moms in SE Asia, entire congregations, and every member in the family–all participating together in putting the book of Philippians to memory.
So naturally, people have been asking about an organizational plans for a 2012 Memory Moleskine for P2R. I have thought and planned through the next memorization challenge, and as the last public poll indicated, the leading passage to memorize is the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Plans were in place this past summer to make preparations for this upcoming year.
However, as 2011 continued to unfold, I continually faced challenges on every front that brought much of my life to a halt. The year I planned and the year I lived had almost nothing in common. As much as I would like to lead another organized effort with P2R and a 2012 Memory Moleskine, providence would have it otherwise, and I am sadly going to have to direct my efforts in the most direct spheres of responsibility.
Those areas include shepherding Grace (which is in transition), directing PLNTD (which is getting started), and directing the Haiti Collective (which is expanding rapidly). Among these, I am planning three conferences, and working to raise $250,000 for 2012. As I consider what the Lord ha allotted to me a this time in my life, I am extremely grateful for the opportunities and at the same time wish I could do more. Including leading another P2R challenge.
I know that there are groups of people planning to do a memory moleskine in 2012, and if you have an iOS device, you can find a lot of texts available on the iOS app for memory. I hope that the vision continues and spreads with a love for internalizing, meditating, and treasuring God’s Word. Personally, I plan to tackle the Sermon on the Mount, so if anyone else is as well, I would love to know.
May the Lord richly bless your efforts to own His Word. And may He be kind to increase interest and expand the numbers of those who are drinking deep from the fountain of Scripture!
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.
14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble.
15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel,
when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me
in giving and receiving, except you only.
16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit.
18 I have received full payment, and more.
I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent,
a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God.
19 And my God will supply every need of yours
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.
21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brothers who are with me greet you.
22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely,
whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence,
if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—
practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length
you have revived your concern for me.
You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity.
11 Not that I am speaking of being in need,
for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound.
In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret
of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me.