Posted by: ryanmccoskey | February 16, 2009

Let’s Put a Fat Beat to Ephesians

I have recently decided to memorize the entire book of Ephesians from the English Standard Version of the Bible. It’s taken me 4 days to successfully quote the first 6 verses of the book by memory. So at this rate, I should have it memorized in 103 days. However, I anticipate that it will probably get more difficult as I go; kind of like when you’re trying to quote a song to someone, but can’t find the words unless you play the whole thing in your head first. That could prove to be burdensome on someone’s time if I say, “hey, I think you need to meditate on Ephesians 5:13; here’s what Paul says…he says…wait, is that how it goes?…umm…. Give me 10 minutes to quote the entire book up to that point, then I’ll tell you.” I’m pretty sure that would get somewhat annoying.

I’ve always been able to memorize complex material very easily. My first year of college, I majored in Pre-med. I was incredibly good at memorizing all this intricate knowledge about the nature of life and human anatomy; as sick as it sounds, I derived joy from it. And then one day, I thought to myself, “I don’t like the idea of being a doctor at all.” I guess I wanted to be the kind of doctor that tells patients all about how their body works and how magnificently efficient God has made them; the problem is: that kind of doctor doesn’t exist, nor would any sane person pay him or her any money for that service. Perhaps if Google didn’t exist, there would be a niche for that kind of doctor. But now the only venue in which I use my medical knowledge is the Wall Street Journal crossword puzzle. (not as noble as saving lives)

One thing I am noticing, though, is how much I’ve been treasuring the Word lately. Every time I open my Bible to memorize my next verse, I smell the inside of my Bible like I would a new car or a delicious meal. To me, it smells like God’s breath in a printing press. And as I scan over those small black scribbles we call letters, my brain is taking in the reality that I’m comprehending the eternal thoughts of the one, unchanging God. That’s a joy all in itself; the fact that I can know, to some degree, the thoughts of God.

I should probably learn how to rap. It would be a lot easier to memorize Ephesians if I put a fat beat to it and cranked out that sweet rhyme. If you’re an aspiring hip-hop writer, feel free to submit your ideas.

So in my case, the real challenge won’t be memorizing the Scripture itself; that will come relatively easy (by the Grace of God). The big battle will be allowing the Holy Spirit to do with me as He wills with all this atomic power I’m storing in my brain and my heart. There’s much refining left to do in this calloused heart of mine. I’d be lying to say that I think it’s going to be easy; but I’d also be lying to say that I don’t think it’s completely worth it.

Right now my mind is chewing on verse 5: “In love, He predestined us for adoption through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will.” This is pretty normal for Paul; he’s one of these guys that condenses an entire book full of wisdom and knowledge into a single sentence. One day, I’ll write a script for a movie in which all the lines are incredibly heavy dialogue. It will probably go something like this:

Perboon Wilkes (a depressed, one-eyed hockey stick designer): “Lunch sounds good, but I fear the result of sustaining my body on this sad world’s perishable food, alone.”
Munroosh Antgut (a magical talking space crystal): “Oh, to transcend the trifling necessities of man’s wanton heart.”

Well, I’m not making sense anymore, so I think I’ll conclude this post.

As always, thanks for reading; it brings me joy to do this. And please consider the idea of memorizing Scripture on a daily basis. I don’t think there’s a more worthwhile pursuit.


  1. and then, at some point, you switched to being a music major and had all sorts of fun in Thaller’s House of Horrors (also known as Symphonic Winds).

    more words of wisdom, from McCoskey.

    Thanks for the uplifting comment on my blog a couple weeks ago.

    made my day 🙂

    I’ll write more when I feel like it.


  2. 🙂 you stir my affections for Christ Ryan C. McCoskey when you lift up the Word like that 🙂

    (I think quotation marks should be replaced by smiley-faces)

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