Dear friend, do what I tell you; treasure my careful instructions. Do what I say and you’ll live well. My teaching is as precious as your eyesight — guard it! Write it out on the back of your hands; ETCH it on the chamber of your heart.
Proverbs 7:1-3 MSG
This is where it all began for us at ETCH.
Memorizing Scripture is so difficult. It takes time, effort, and knowing where to start.
This verse says we are to guard the teachings of Jesus, write them on our hands and ETCH them on our hearts. They are to not only be memorized, but become a part of us — change us.
I am the worst at it. I have tried time and time again to memorize verses. I have good intentions and make some effort, but it quickly fizzles out after other things steal my attention and my flash cards get lost in the bottom of my purse.
So, what is one to do?
The short answer? I’m not sure.
So, here’s the long answer…
I think we try. We give it our best effort. We ask a friend to keep us accountable, or do it with us, and give it our best shot. When we fail (by the way, we WILL fail), we give ourselves some grace and try it again. Let’s also pray that God would help us. We can’t do it on our strength — we need Him to keep us focused and to ETCH these words on our hearts and change us to be more like Him.
I need you all to keep me accountable with this. I REALLY want to memorize God’s Word. I want it on my heart and my hands so that whether I’m filled with joy or in my darkest place I can recall His Truth.
My 4th grader is in a program at our church called Truth Seekers. Over the course of 3 years, they take 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders through the Bible and show them the Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. Each week they have a verse to memorize, so I decided I would memorize the verse with her every week.
Want to join us? Let’s memorize together!! And, feel free to invite someone to do it with you! Here is this week’s verse:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:16
My favorite part? After reciting it to an adult, the child is asked, “What does this verse mean to you? How does it change your relationship with God?” That’s where it gets real, people. It’s not about memorizing a verse and seeing how quickly you can recite it. It’s about changing your heart. Deepening your understanding of God and your relationship with Him. That’s when a verse is ETCHed. And that’s why we want to live an ETCHed life.
Here’s what I want you to do…In the comments below, commit to memorizing this verse with us. You don’t have to commit to every week. Let’s start small. And, share what this verse means to you — How does it change your heart? What does it teach you about God? Don’t just memorize words, let it be ETCHed.
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