Monday, August 16, 2010

Why Settle?

Alternately Titled: M & M #5 (08/15/10)

I have noticed an interesting phenomenon: on June 30th there were seven women joining me in Scripture meditation and memorization; on July 30th there were none. Where have all the Jesus girls gone?!

I have a tendency toward "all or none" thinking. When I do something I intend to do it the right way every time, fully participating to the best of my ability. The unfortunate thing about thinking this way (I think maybe it's called "perfectionism") is that if I fail in any way, I would rather quit altogether. Somehow, quitting trying is less humiliating than trying and messing up. For example, if I want to lose weight, my plan will be to eat absolutely right every single day AND exercise several times per week. But if I give in to the urge to have that dessert, my mind insists that "I've already screwed up now. May as well just give up completely." and I dive head-first into a massive binge.

I wonder if some of my M&M girls here are afflicted with that same tragic thinking?

Whether you were on holidays and didn't have time to work on memorizing Scripture or you were still stumped by your previous verse and weren't ready to add another, I want you to know that it is never too late to jump back in! It actually is better to try, try again (and keep on messing up) than it is to just throw in the towel. We all know that anything worth having takes hard work and determination to get there. Perseverance says a lot about a girl's character.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~Romans 5:3-4

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
~Hebrews 12:1

Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
~James 1:2-4

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
~2 Peter1:5-7

Yes, my sisters, this M&M thing is HARD WORK. But the work of burying God's Word in our hearts pays eternal dividends. Do not give up! You CAN do this thing! Don't have your last verse memorized? Write it down once again in the comments and keep on trying! Who's with me in this?!

I don't know about you, but I am not satisfied with "good enough." When my handy husband is working on a job around the house and I hear him utter those words, I get ticked off! Because doing something just good enough to get by means that we are capable of doing "great," but we allowed ourselves to get distracted, grow weary, give up, and settle for less than greatness.

Would you ever stop after eating just one or two M&Ms, when the entire bag is sitting on the counter calling out your name? (I mean, if you're having a non-dieting binge kinda day.) God's Word is more delicious than even the most yummy, non-melty, candy-coated chocolate you can find! (Taste and see that the Lord is good!*)

Let's not settle for being "good enough" Jesus girls; rather, let us encourage one another to strive for greatness! Go ahead, eat the whole bag!

(Ahem. Stepping off soapbox now. grin)

If you managed to tackle your last verse, go ahead and quote it in the comments from memory (or feel free to do so on your blog, but leave a comment here so we all know to come visit you and encourage you).

Here's mine:
But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
~Matthew 6:33

Also for the comments (or your blog) - what verse will you be working on until the end of the month?

Mine is:
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.
~2 Peter1:5-7

* See Psalm 34:8.


  1. Well, I have three verses posted on my fridge but I've only memorized one of them. However, since I haven't memorized a verse in years, I'm pretty happy with myself - and the others are still there as a work in progress. Came across a couple of other great verses this week so I'll select one and post later.

    Anyway, I'm still working (slowly, slowly)...but I'm with you!


  2. I think I've missed several of your posts or something?? Or maybe with all my hurried computer time I just skimmed? :/

    We're still working on Psalm 23 over here (it's a long one and taking the kids a looong time) but maybe I'll start memorizing on my own, in addition to memorizing with the kids. I'll let you know. ;)

  3. Tyler:
    I am using the Navigators Topical memory system. You memorize two verses a week under a specific topic. God blessed me with a crazy brain and so I memorize fairly easily. However keeping it there is more difficult so I am currently going back over all the verses I have memorized since the beginning of the year. I am also memorizing with the is my most recent one. Still a bit sketchy, but I am going to memorize the whole Psalm 40 and continue the topical ones too:

    Psalm 40:1-5
    "I waited patiently for the LORD and he inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay. He set my feet upon a rock, making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and will trust in the LORD. How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust, and has not turned to the proud nor to those who incline toward falsehood. How many O LORD are the wonders you have done, and your thoughts toward us. ....(insert a sentence I can't remember)...If I were to declare and speak of them they would be too numerous to count."

  4. I will join you in this.... I think it is bad that my 2 year old will ask if she has the 23rd Psalm correct when she quotes it and I have to look it up to be sure ;-) So... I will be memorizing the 23rd Psalm!


  5. Hey! I may have started late but I am all caught up. For the record, I wasn't sure which day you were doing this on. One time I actually posted mine before yours cause I thought you forgot. So...

    1 Peter 4:11
    If anyone speaks, he should do it as (one) speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides so that in all things God will be (praised) in Christ Jesus. (To Him) be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

    I will link tomorrow with my next verse. I love you and your fire!


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