As I look on this year of BB I am excited yet somewhat sad. This is my first year of not officially participating the Bible Bee. :( But... I know that all the verses I learned over the past three years and all the books we studied (Genesis, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Matthew, Acts, Romans, Colossians, 1 Peter, 2 Peter) will remain forever. And all the study habits we all learned and shared with each other will last a lifetime. As each of you are endeavoring to continue to study God's Word through another year of Bible Bee I would like to share with all of you some things I have learned along the way.
First, always remember the purpose of why you are memorizing and studying the Word. That is to develop a closer relationship with your Savior. Never forget that or get caught up is all the practicing, reciting and memorizing that you for get the purpose, "...to know Christ, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings..." (see if you can find where this verse is from) :)
Second, meditate on God's Word. Don't let your knowledge become just head knowledge about the Scriptures, really "know" God's Word and make it a part of your life, make it heart knowledge.
Third, memorize 2 Timothy in its entirety so that you can recite it to others. (this is something I wish I had done with the study books in the past). Even if the locals are as far as you get you will be able to share that book of the Bible with those you know.
Fourth, remember that if you diligently study and seek the Lord through this summer, no matter where you place in the scoring, you have won in the sight of God. There are no losers in the Scripture memory except those who do not start. Even if you only memorize 1 passage that is still 1 more passage you did not have before you started!
Fifth, include your family in the studying process and share what you have learned with your family and friends. Include your siblings as much as possible (even if they are not actually participating in the Bible Bee)
Sixth, use what you have learned as a conversation starter to share the Gospel with unbelievers. (the Bible Bee T-shirts are a great starter) :) Also, ask friends to help listen to your verses and share with them what God has taught you through His Word.
Seventh, always keep a humble attitude. This may be one of the hardest things in the entire Bible Bee. It is God who has given us His Word, He is the one who gave us the ability to memorize it, He is the one who gives us life. He is the one who is to receive the glory! Remember "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."
Eighth, remember that the most important thing is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Back in 2009 at the Nationals, the Harris brothers gave a sobering warning, "You can participate in the Bible Bee, memorize all the verses and the entire study book, you can even win first place at nationals but it would all be in vain if in the end you did not have personal relationship with the Lord"
This is my prayer of each of you, that you may know Christ, that you may walk in obedience to His commands, that you delight in His Word and in His Law, that the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart may be pleasing in His sight, that others may see the light of Christ in your life, and that you delight with your whole heart in obeying the Savior and following His commands!
Your sister in Christ,