Stretch Your Brain!
June 13, 2008
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin
against you.” Psalm 119:11
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman
who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of
truth.” II Timothy 2:15
We don’t place much emphasis on memorizing the Bible these
days – at least as adults. There may be Bible memorization
in children’s Sunday School, and teens sometimes have quiz
teams where they work at packing in the Scripture, and even in
college I remember a Swordbearer’s group. But as an adult?
We claim our brains aren’t as limber as they used to be.
We point to our schedules and say we don’t have time. We
shrug our shoulders and admit we just don’t consider it to
be that important.
But consider the two verses above – in order to avoid sin
and accomplish good, we have to know the Bible well. Memorization
is an important part of knowing God’s Word and hiding it
in our heart.
Can everyone memorize to the same degree, and with the same degree
of ease? Of course not. But I would challenge you that most of
us do not work up to our potential – not even close!
So I challenge you: push yourself! See how far you truly can go!
Take pride in every verse or passage you commit to memory!
Here are a few tips that will help you learn the Scriptures to
your highest capacity:
- Pick a translation you understand. NIV,
RSV, NAS: whatever works for you.
- Select a passage you can handle.
Single verses, short groups of verses, long sections: whatever
you are able to readily memorize.
- Find your real capacity by
pushing yourself occasionally to see if you can memorize longer
passages. If you find yourself getting frustrated or disappointed,
you are probably pushing yourself beyond your limits – let
it go, and don’t
worry about it.
- Find a way to keep the verse or verses constantly
in front of you. Index cards tucked into your mirror, on your
bulletin board at work, or as bookmarks in your daily calendar
can all be helpful aids.
- Repeat, repeat, repeat. Don’t
worry about memorizing things in a day or in a week. The longer
you keep at it, the longer you will keep it in your memory. Some
passages may take months to memorize – but
they will be with you for life!