Now that the quiz season is over for most of you, it is common to think, “If I start studying next year’s material now, I’ll do better next season!” But my advice to you is: Don’t do it! Take a break and recharge your batteries! Enjoy your summer. Avoid the inevitable burn-out from a non-stop grind. Quizzing is supposed to be fun, not a burden!
But at the same time, you shouldn’t put on hold your daily time in the Word. Growing closer to the Lord is the one thing that everyone should be working to improve! So there must be a way to avoid burn-out and yet expose yourself to the new quiz material as part of your continuing conversation with God during the summer.
Following are my 3 suggestions. Choose to do as many as you would like!
1. Read 1 Chapter of Luke Every Day for Your Daily Time In The Word
And if you want to cement the scripture in your brain, recent sleep research demonstrates that reading right before you go to sleep has a significant impact on your ability to retain information. According to their study, sleep serves to stabilize the memories against deterioration and dilution from new information gained during wakefulness.
2. Memorize 2 Memory Verses a Week
3. Use the NPH Yellow Book as a 13-Week Daily Devotional
If you start in May, you would be done with the Bible study by the end of July – just in time to begin really studying for the next quiz season!
There is a vast difference between knowing about God and personally knowing God. So as you read it, ask God to speak to you and reveal Himself to you through the scripture. With God’s leading, you can find direction for your life and learn how to best serve the Lord who gave His life for you.
And maybe - just maybe - you’ll be a better quizzer next year to boot!