According to a nifty quiz found at The Art Institute of Vancouver, I’m 63% right-brained. My linear processing skills are a meager 16% and that means I “have difficulty in processing data in a linear manner.”
Uh, yes, I’d say that’s me.
But Ann Kroeker’s Mega Memory Month (MMM) challenges help me (force me?) to exercise my left-brain in a fun way. This MMM, I set my mind to memorize the verses in Romans 5. There are 21 verses, so I figured that gave me one day for each verse, plus some wiggle room.
Well, January was a bit rough. I traveled eight days and had several all-night work-a-thons. Basically, life was nutty, and I never got in a groove for this MMM.
As discouraging as this is, I looked to the Word for how and why I should even pursue such an endeavor. Moses provided great insight! Here is his instruction from The Message version of Deuteronomy 11:18–20, followed by my practical take on each point:
“Place these words on your hearts.” >> hold the Word as dear and precious
“Get them deep inside you.” >> let the Word become part of who you are
“Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder.” >> let the Word rule how you act and how you think
“Teach them to your children.” >> let the Word be a vital part of your kids’ upbringing
“Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night.” >> let the Word be the basis of your conversation day and night, wherever you go
Such good teaching! And it reminded me why I needed God’s Word all the more during the past month:
- The nights I was so weary, the truths from Romans 5 encouraged me that “tribulation brings about perseverance” (v. 3).
- When I was feeling guilty for missing deadlines and canceling visits with my friends and family, Romans 5 reminded me that I have peace with God (v. 1), that I have been justified (v. 9), and that I have been reconciled to God (v. 10–11).
Yes, I am needy of the Life that comes from knowing God’s Word. That’s why I keep doing these MMM challenges.
I gave myself a final exam for MMM 2011: Verses 1–11 are in me in some way, shape, or form, with just five word choice mix-ups. I still have to use the first-letter prompts to keep me going, but I’m OK with that! I’m keeping on with Romans 5 for February—not only to keep on with Moses’ instruction, but also to keep my left-brain active.
Be sure to check out the MMM finale over at MMM HQ!