Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Spring Cleaning and Home Improvements

This time of year, I like to go through my closet, drawers, boxes and STUFF and clear out all the uncessaries that they hold. Cleaning out and getting rid of garbage makes me feel so much better.
Lately I've been thinking about how much other garbage I have in my life. Not just physical, but emotional and pyschological garbage. I think about all the trivial and mindless dribble I take in everyday, in whatever comes up on the internet, or the magazines in the grocery check out, (not that I'm reading those mind you, but once you learn to read you cant' just turn it off when you see words.) I'm reminded of the verses in Phillippians 4 "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things."
I've been convicted lately on how I've been slacking in my Bible memorization. Sure, I'm reading it and I've been reading some heavier theology books (Rushdoony, North, Bansen, etc.), but my memorizing? Somehow it's ended up on the bottom of my priorities. Not where it should be.
I made up my mind that this was going to stop. (It was on the top of my New Years resolutions too...) So the other day, while I was washing the dishes (our dishwasher is broken) and folding the laundry, I memorized Phillipians 2:1-18. I can't tell you how refreshed I felt afterwards. And I spend the day meditating on that and other passages that I have memorized in the past. I felt like I had done some spiritual spring cleaning. I realize that it takes more than memorization of one passage to get me back on track, but it does mark a start. It doesn't take me long to memorize stuff. Good grief, I watch a movie once and I can quote lengthy passages from it. I figure, if I can manage to be memorizing movies and quoting them, I can be memorizing my Bible and quoting it.

I like to think of it as home improvements for the mind.

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