Well, I have found my new memory verse for the month. It is really short, but really sweet.
"He must become greater; I must become less" (John 3:30, NIV).
If you are wondering, no, I don't have my last two verses memorized word for word. I think I got a little ambitious, they were kinda long. At least for me. But that doesn't mean I am giving up on learning them. I am just staying on my schedule, which is a new verse on the 1st and 15th of each month. My verse this month is short, so I hope to make a little more headway on the other two.
Now, will I feel like a failure if I can never get them memorized word for word? No, because I will know what they mean and know exactly where to find them, the word for word recall would just be a bonus.
This year long practice isn't so much so that I can say that I have memorized 24 verses, it is to know that I have 24 more examples of God's love and guidence not only at my fingertips, but in my heart and memory as well. We can't use scripture as a sword (Ephesians 6:17) if we don't know what it says and how God wants us to apply it.
So, why did I choose this one for my new memory verse? Well, because I tend to forget that I am not the most important person in the room. Not all of the time, but a lot of the time. I tend to focus more on what outcome I want, what would make me happy, who I want to spend time with.
For me to truly reach people with the love and forgiveness of Christ, I have to look at the world as HE does, not as I do. I have to allow Him to become the greatest thing in my life and start to see myself as more a servant, then someone to be served.
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross!
~ Phillipians 2:5-8