I always wanted to be better at memorizing scripture. And to instill that habit in our kids.
But it didn’t happen.
The intention was there – and earnest – but there was no follow through. I kept getting held up by HOW we would do it and which verses to choose to memorize.
And, if I’m being totally honest, by wanting it to be pretty or fancy or cute.
After years of good intentions with no action following, I made decisions. One of our 2017 Annual Family goals was to memorize 12 passages of scripture.
That meant that, we as a family, would commit to memorizing one Bible verse a month for a year.
In order to do that, I had to get over my unrealistic expectations.
Instead of insisting on finding the prettiest or MOST PERFECT way to display the verse where we could see it, my husband found a chalkboard at Home Depot for $5 and we called it good (enough).
HOW –> Write a verse on a chalkboard.
Then I typed “Bible Verse” into the Pinterest search bar and the first verse that came up was 2 Timothy 1:7 (Incorrectly written down and now memorized as 2 Timothy 2:17)
WHAT VERSE. –> Pick one verse from the Bible.
I also keep a note in my notes app on my phone and as I come across verses that would be good to memorize, I add them to that list.
For 2019, I used that notes app to pick all of the verses for the entire year, instead of trying to find next month’s verse on the last day of this month like I did in 2018.
You can come up with your own list, or feel free to use ours.
The next step was really hard. I wrote the assigned verse on the chalkboard.
That’s it. No art. No fancy calligraphy or lettering. Just wrote the verse on the board (in my sub-par handwriting) so that we could all read it.
We hung the chalkboard in the kids’ room and say the verse together every night as part of the kids’ bedtime routine.
For too long, I let perfectionism get in the way of what’s important.
This solution came because I was able to identify the hurdles to the things we wanted to do and solved those issues one at a time.
Some of that meant making a decision. Some of that meant doing some work (i.e. finding the chalkboard), but MOST OFTEN it means getting over yourself and setting realistic expectations.
Because, when we don’t, we lose out on the stuff that matters and let discontentment and guilt rule instead of truly enjoying the gifts we’ve been given.
What is one area of your life where the only thing you’d have to do accomplish what you want is to lower your unrealistic expectations?