They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But I don't think that's true. I like the idea of learning new tricks.
The older I get, the more I think I don't have the capacity to learn new tricks, but it's entirely possible if I just try. In this past decade I have learned to play the guitar a bit and to play piano by ear (instead of just reading the music). I took up photography. Last year I learned to crochet some pretty complicated things like hats and flowers and blankets.
It feels good to do something different... to grow and learn in I way I hadn't imagined I could. I tend to want to try new things in fall. I never make New Year's resolutions, because I know I would never keep them for more than a week. To me, fall is always the time for fresh beginnings... when I feel ready to take on a new challenge and stretch myself a bit.
So here's the new trick I'm going to attempt!
In the past 24 hours, God has led me to Romans 8 on three occasions through 3 different sources. Usually it takes 3 times with me. The first time I don't listen very well. The second time, I consider looking into it. By the third time, I know I'd better check it out, lest I get whacked over the head.
My friend said that she had actually memorized the entire chapter of Romans 8, and that it was so good for so many things. Wow, that's incredible, I thought. But I immediately wrote off trying to do that myself, even though I'd always wanted to memorize a big portion of scripture. She's got a decade and a half on me... younger minds can retain better, I reasoned.
The more I thought about it this morning, the more I realized I really want to try this. I might fail miserably, but I want to see if I can do it... to hide that much of God's word in my heart. To see how it will change me. I want this to be my new fall challenge. Anyone want to join me? Have you every tried this before? Do you have tips? I'll put the verses over in the sidebar as I'm learning them. Hopefully I'll keep myself accountable that way.
Have you learned anything new lately?
Is there a new trick you'd like to learn this fall?