Making 2013 Count

So I had this plan in my head that I was going to be all clever and post my “New Year’s Blog” on New Year’s Day this week with all my resolutions and a witty catch phrase I would adopt for the new year… well, like most things in my life, life didn’t go according to plan and I woke up with the flu on New Year’s day and so here it is…7 days into 2013…

Last Sunday was wonderful, David Burris spoke on doing difficult things, that maybe our “resolutions” should be about striving to become more Christlike, evangelizing more, stepping out of our comfort zone, reading difficult books, memorizing scripture, etc.

Well, I finished school in 2012, and I was most excited about never having to read a “challenging” or “difficult” book ever again… I’ve gone through the AWANA program and supposedly memorized over 1500 verses (though I guarantee I could NOT quote all of those ver batim if asked). So I really shouldn’t have to memorize more right? Or at least these are the excuses I give myself to make me feel better when I don’t want to challenge myself…

Since last year God has really put it on my heart to memorize Romans 8. Of course, with only myself to motivate me, I have yet to do this. I had to memorize 40 verses in college for a grade, and of course it was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do, and the most rewarding because I know that passage is one of the areas I struggle with the most. I have tasked myself to memorizing Romans 8 by my birthday, March 10th. And I ask each of you, when you see me, to hold me accountable and ask me how I am doing with this “new year’s resolution”. You are also encouraged to make me quote you what I have memorized so far and I will either quote some or make up some lame excuse as to why I haven’t started yet.

I need your help to encourage me down this road of difficulty and blessing. I am constantly blessed by this passage and it is time I commit it to memory.

Happy 2013 friends… let’s make this year count in becoming more like Christ!

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