Today's Scripture: "Then they said to him, 'Where is He?' He said, 'I do not know.'” Jn 9:12
5656. Memorization requires diligent spaced repetition, frequent recall and usage. JG
You can't see that?
Not one for visual object lessons, last night proved an exception. My lesson was Session Two of Steps to Spirituality and focused on the role on the Bible in the life of a believer. I thought it important to show the men that nothing good comes without hard work. So I looked for and found a bunch of age-darkened index cards I had put away. These cards served me well for many years as I flooded my mind with Scripture in an effort to memorize pivotal verses. I used everything from business cards to Rolodex cards to write down new Scriptures I thought needed to fill my head and heart. When I quoted a verse from memory, I'd then note it on the back of the card to show how often or how seldom I'd visited the card.
Today, I have new cards I use, but I have an ongoing project to reshape the memory work I did years ago and replace The New King James version for the old KJV. It's not a top priority, however, but one I will do slowly over time as I relish my memories. Because the King James Version is burned into my brain, I usually paraphrase what I've memorized and focus on knowing the reference. If nothing else, these cards remind me that consistency is still a worthy goal. I closed the session by explaining why I place so much value on memorizing, meditating and applying Scripture. First, a person does what he loves to do. Secondly, most people don't see the value in doing it so it strengthens my resolve and causes me to spend time with God. What's your reason?
Your word, God, is worth more than my reading it and then forgetting it.
1. One-minute Devotionals began on January 2, 2006 and are the original creation of James R. Green, Prayertower Webservant Content is derived from his alternating and sequential survey of both the Old and New Testament to offer insight
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