The Boomerang Challenge

Welcome back to the Growth Challenge! For the next two weeks we will be training ourselves to think about God more frequently during the day. Just like a boomerang returns to the person who threw it (I mean, in theory) this is all about us bringing our thoughts back to God!

Here’s how it works: every morning you’ll get a text with a short Bible passage. (To join the text group, text this code: @nsmgrowth to this number: 81010) Read the passage as soon as you can. Then, try to read the passage two more times throughout the day. Ideally, the goal is to keep the passage on your mind throughout the day. You can write the passage on an index card to carry with you and look at, you can memorize the passage, you can take a screenshot of it and make it your lock/background screen on your phone. You can just keep opening your Bible to it.

Try and pay attention to what you’re thinking about during the day. As you realize you’re not thinking about God or Godly things, refocus and boomerang your thoughts back to God. Use this verse to give you something to “meditate on”. Remember meditation is not some weird thing you do sitting with your legs crossed funny. It’s just letting your mind slowly think about something. In this case, we’re reading the day’s passage over and over to let the passage sink into our thoughts.

So this exercise teaches us to use a bible passage as an anchor for our thoughts so that we can be more aware of God and Godly things during our day. This is going to be the foundation for the challenges coming after this exercise.

Remember to encourage your friends to stick with this exercise. This is not supposed to be something you do just by yourself. Ask your friends how the exercise is going for them and expect them to do the same for you!

Here is a list of passages we will use the next two weeks.

November 18 - Psalm 92:1–2

1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High, 2 to declare your faithful love in the morning and your faithfulness at night,

November 19 - Psalm 139:1–4

1 Lord, you have searched me and known me. 2 You know when I sit down and when I stand up; you understand my thoughts from far away. 3 You observe my travels and my rest; you are aware of all my ways. 4 Before a word is on my tongue, you know all about it, Lord.

November 20 - Colossians 3:1–2

1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

November 21 - Psalm 139:13–14

13 For it was you who created my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made. Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.

November 22 - Psalm 139:23–24

23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. 24 See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.

November 23 - 1 Peter 2:1–3

1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation, 3 if you have tasted that the Lord is good.

November 24 - Psalm 119:1–2

1 How happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk according to the Lord’s instruction! 2 Happy are those who keep his decrees and seek him with all their heart.

November 25 - Psalm 119:9–11

9 How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping your word. 10 I have sought you with all my heart; don’t let me wander from your commands. 11 I have treasured your word in my heart so that I may not sin against you.

November 26 - Colossians 3:1–2

1 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

November 27 - Psalm 119:15–16

15 I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways. 16 I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

November 28 - Psalm 119:35–37

35 Help me stay on the path of your commands, for I take pleasure in it. 36 Turn my heart to your decrees and not to dishonest profit. 37 Turn my eyes from looking at what is worthless; give me life in your ways.

November 29 - Colossians 3:12–14

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

November 30 - Colossians 3:17

And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

December 1 - Psalm 42:1–2

1 As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God?