You probably have noticed our emphasis on Scripture memory in the month of December with the release of our new Fighter Verses Study and related resources. And, you may feel a little overwhelmed by the thought of a systematic Bible memory program during this busy holiday season. Like me, you may feel tempted to say, “I just don’t have the time right now!” I found this illustration over at the Gospel Coalition to be really encouraging:
The demands of life swamp my days. I might as well drain the Everglades as carve out an entire morning for memorizing Scripture. But on most days I have time to put a crumb on the tip of my tongue and carry it from one room to the next, like an ant (Prov. 30:24–25).
Crumbs add up. Memorize Scripture for 15 minutes each day, five days a week, for two decades, and you will have devoted 1,300 hours to SLTSM [Systematic Long-Term Bible Memorization].
Learning from the ant has motivated me to be methodical while practicing other disciplines; I’ve developed parallel strategies for writing, praying, and sermon prep. “Ant-like” methods for spiritual disciplines multiply over time.
(From “7 Benefits of Systematic Long-Term Bible Memorization,” by Chris Brauns.)
Proverbs 30:24-25—Four things on earth are small, but they are exceedingly wise: the ants are a people not strong, yet they provide their food in the summer;