I decided last night I would skip my workout this morning. I would be too rushed to do it well.
But when I woke up early, I decided, “Well, I do have time for just a little.” The minimum.
Because a little is better than none.
Sometimes a little turns into more. Sometimes it stays just a little. Either way, even a little can be good.
I apply the same principle to Bible memory work. My full routine includes reviewing one page of older individual verses, reciting one chapter previously learned, and adding two verses of a new chapter. But sometimes I either lack time for all of that, or honestly, I just don’t want to do it all.
So I do just a little instead. The minimum.
Sometimes little grows into big. Sometimes not. But a little is still better than none. And even a little can be good.
The memory work might turn into simply reading the verses instead. No testing of memory at all. Or I may review only a few, lingering on one or two, letting those soak.
Just as the end goal of my physical workout isn’t to check it off a list—it’s to stay healthy—so the end goal of memory work isn’t to check it off a list either — it’s to stay spiritually healthy.
It’s not about me perfecting the words.
It’s about the Word perfecting me.
So I keep plugging away at my memory verses and chapters, a little at a time. Progress is sometimes hard to measure, and success, harder still.
But through at least a little, the door remains open for God to do a lot.
My physical workout this morning ended up fine. My memory work today? I haven’t begun yet. I don’t really have time and I don’t really feel like it.
But I think I’ll do at least a little . . .
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I apply this principle to housework, too. [FlyLady, anyone?]
What do you convince yourself to do “just a little” versus none at all?
REVISED FROM THE ARCHIVES