We are overcomers! The book of Revelation tells us that to him who overcomes there are incredible rewards waiting. We resonate with this idea, not just in the church, but in our culture. We love a story of an overcomer, and I have a great story of one for you.
A few weeks ago two of my boys were asking for something. They really wanted this thing and mentioned it a couple of times. I said to them, and included Sophie, that I would get it for them if they memorized the book of Titus. Sophie, being so quick witted, said she didn’t want that thing so she wasn’t going to memorize Titus. I made a different offer to her, and she said she still wouldn’t do it. She was intimidated by the task.
Sophie has dyslexia. It is a challenge for her to read, so memorizing that much is a huge challenge. Jill and I encouraged her, told her she could use her Kindle, which reads to her. We told her that we would help her and give her some tips on memorizing. She began to get excited. She began to believe that she could do it. She was on her way. She also refused to use her Kindle because no one else was using one.
Today Sophie completed the task! She not only memorized the book of Titus, but she also beat everyone, including me. Sophie is beaming, knowing she overcame a huge obstacle to accomplish this task. She is ready to move on to the next book. An appetite has been created, and we intend to feed it!
I tell you this story not to brag about my daughter, but to encourage everyone in two things. First, if you are looking at a seemingly insurmountable task, push on. Sophie gave up before she even started this task. After a little encouragement and the promise of a little help, she gave it a shot. She found some success early and discovered that she was capable of doing something she was sure that she could not. But she overcame!
Second, I tell you this story so that you too can be encouraged to memorize God’s word. We don’t do this just for the sake of memorization, we do it to be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2) and so that we hide God’s word in our hear that we might not sin against Him (Psalm 119:11). I hear people all the time tell me that they can’t memorize. People tell me that their mind just can’t do what it used to do. I say those are excuses and you are to be an overcomer!