How to Do Less Instead of More
Technology abounds around our Christmas trees to help us run our lives
better, faster and easier. Everyone is set for high speed.
This year, I’d like to suggest how we can do less to gain more,
beginning with memorizing scripture. With whatever crises we face,
it’s through the scriptures we’ll hear God’s voice. “Oh, no,” you say.
“I can’t do that, I forget them as fast as I learn them.” You’re
right. But with this method you’ll fellowship with God as He fills,
refreshes, and speaks to your hearts: “God is faithful, by whom you
were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus the Christ” (1
Corinthians 1: 9, NKJV).
- Notebook of any size.
- Select ONE verse (yes, one!) for the month.
- Write the month, date, verse in your notebook.
- In meditation read it aloud to the Lord as a prayer, allowing God
to direct your thoughts: “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm
- Perhaps a word, a phrase, or a description will leap out to you,
journal these inspirations. At different times other areas will take
on new meaning as God leads.
- As you journal new revelations, you’ll find these moments can turn
into beautiful prayers of needs, concerns or praise.
- Continue this procedure for each month. I guarantee you’ll receive
something different each day. It’s an amazing exchange with our Lord.
Memorizing: “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin
against You” (Psalm 119:11).
- Start with the first line or two.
- Ask, ‘what key words are moving this verse forward?
- Find similarities between letters. For example, I had trouble with
a long passage. I kept getting the order of ‘acts,’ ‘works,’ and
‘great’ mixed up. Finally, I realized there was another descriptive
word that used the same letter: awesome acts, wondrous works, and
- On a 3 x 5 card write the verse.
- On another 3 x 5 card write the reference.
These cards are easy to carry and use interchangeably for memorizing.
One word from the verse by the reference can help stimulate recall.
- Once a week recite each verse. Monthly, read the journal of your
remarkable journey with God. Gradually you’ll develop you own rhythm
and style. God hasn’t said, “The one most exhausted wins.” Instead,
doing less has gained you more with twelve solid verses, instead of 50
one can’t remember, to help stabilize you through any situation.
Try this method in the evening. Take a deep breath, turn off the
technology, clear your mind, and the demands of the hectic day. The
quiet intimacy with our Lord, and His word will become a balm for the
night like a warm blanket :“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light
of my path” (Psalm 119:105).
Happy New Year!