Scripture Memory Blahs

I’m not really inspired by the latest scripture memory challenge of John 1:1-14.

Did I just admit that?

It’s SCRIPTURE, doesn’t that guarantee I’ll be inspired? Fired-up? Longing to hide the words in my heart?

I wish it did, but right now it doesn’t. And despite the great start thanks to the first two verses being oh so familiar, I’ve stalled on verse 6. And please don’t ask me to say any of verses 3 – 6 without prompts, because while I can say them once I get started, the getting started part is more like a “um, ah, err…”

So what’s going on?

I think maybe I am a bit burned out on memory work after the big Romans 8 challenge that recently ended.

I think not having it be an entire chapter makes it fall into a weird middle ground. Harder than just single verses, but not so challenging that tackling it gets me fired up to be able to say “I MEMORIZED A CHAPTER!” Because “I memorized the first part of John 1″ doesn’t have the same ring to it.

I think I didn’t pray about whether I should join up with this challenge again. Instead I just assumed that of course I should – it’s Scripture!

So, what am I doing about it? I don’t want to turn it into a I-hate-John-1-challenge by forcing it too hard.

I’m giving myself a little grace. Reading through the verses a few times a day. I’ve got a portion of it written on a small white board on my desk, so I read over it regularly. Another portion is the screen saver for my iPod, so I see it all day long.

Maybe I’ll get it memorized despite myself.