It’s June 5, and I am pretty solidly memorized on verses 1-6.
First I copied the whole passage into my handy-dandy spiral notebook that I carry just about everywhere with me. Writing it by hand is a good tool to help things stick in my brain, and having the verses on hand wherever I am is important for quick brush-ups throughout the day.
I wanted to be memorizing this bit-by-bit, incorporating the discipline into my days instead of setting aside a couple of “power-chunks” of time to commit it to memory. I used to memorize lines for shows and such in power-chunks, and while it works for me, it doesn’t encourage meditation on the Word, which is pretty much the whole point of doing this anyway.
So I found an association and linked working on this with my stretching and core exercises (I use resistance bands and have a simple, gentle routine I do each day to be kind to my back and try to make my tummy pooch out less!). I run over the verses I’m focusing on first two or three times, then lay the notebook on the floor next to me while I do my mini-workout. Saying it out loud also keeps me breathing smoothly while I’m exercising instead of holding my breath which I’m sometimes tempted to do. I’m exercising my body and my spirit at the same time, right?
So far so good on these verses….(I’m typing from memory, but you’ll just have to take my word for it, I suppose):
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above and not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, you also will appear with Him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed which is idolatry. Because of these the wrath of God is coming.
Hooray...I think I got it right! 🙂