never too old...

Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's easy to get into a rut.
It's beyond simple to make excuses for lazy behavior.
And the funny thing is; I never even knew that I was doing it!
I thought that I worked pretty hard.
But, the reality is, I've been in a 28 year rut.
And I had no idea!
I became a Christian when I was 15 years old. I pretty quickly figured out that memorizing Bible passages didn't come naturally for me. But, instead of pressing in and trusting the Lord to give me the ability and desire, I just accepted my "fate" and determined that I just wasn't any good at memorizing scripture. And that became my excuse.

Until last week.

I had checked out this little book about praying the scriptures over our children...

I had an inkling that it would be a significant book in my life, but as I began reading, a familiar voice inside my mind started playing the same old tune:
"Oh, I'll never be able to remember this. I'm not good at memorizing scripture."
I sighed in discontent and almost set the book aside.
But then a different voice began to speak.
Sweet child, how long will you let that be your excuse?
You are only 43 years old. You have half of your life in front of you.
You can still become good at memorizing My Word.
You can change your perspective, dear one.
I love you deeply.
I will help you.
And that was it: a lifetime of excuses gone in an instant.
(Because when God speaks, what else is there left to do, but believe and respond?)
I'm giving up laziness. I've stopped listening to lies. I'm getting out of this rut and believing God for all that He has promised. I cannot wait to look back, ten years from now, to see what He has done. With God's grace I will become good at memorizing His Word. Thank God we're never too old to learn something new!

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