This is Part 5 of my series on memorizing Philippians. If this is your first visit, please read the first parts to get caught up. And welcome!

I’m a little frustrated today. I recorded a vlog update on our Memorizing Philippians project this afternoon, but I messed it up. Now I can’t get it into a video format that will let me edit it and fix it. And the truth is that I’m too vain to just put it up the way it is. Just in case anyone out there thinks I have everything figured out and never mess up or struggle with my attitude or my pride.

The short story is that I have memorized the first eighteen verses of chapter 1… though I’m not 100% accurate or confident yet. I’m working on verses 19-22 right now and trying to outline the chapter to help me remember things in the right order.

Here are those verses for those who are following along in the New International Version.

But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!

How are you doing?