I felt led to share with you about my recent memorization.
In the beginning, I wrote a post called “A Dare” challenging everyone to memorize, speaking of how you can do it if you have a routine and you add time for review. Rather than holding up the banner that if I can do it, so can you, I want to hold another banner up. That banner is, I have proved my point to myself, not as a victor but as a struggler.
You see, my time in the Philippines was 6 weeks. My days were nothing like here so I had no routine. i did what many of you I’m sure have done and hence failed, and that was to memorize when I could. I’d pound it for a length of time, get called away and then hit it again whenever. I never got it down but I will catch up the next week with the two new verses. Is that what took place? Rather, I got further behind. Finally, at the end, I got down a routine and stayed up but with the previous verses amiss, I still was behind.
Now add to that the many chapters that I’ve memorized with no review. Oh, I’ve got those down but after a month of not reviewing, I am realizing that, unless I get down with my review routine, those will slip right through my memory and I’d virtually have to start over again.
The reason for this post is to see what results the same person gets depending on a time that is determined to be memory time. It does not have to be in addition to anything but a way that works for you to include what you already do. Some have the verses posted all over their house. Some have it in their car. Some put it on their cell phone. The above works for some and not others. In fact some who do the above are finding that it is not working for them.
The effort is primarily in figuring out what works for you. Try your theory out. If it doesn’t work, think of something else. Keep trying until it clicks. You’ll find it. I have read many theories on memorization but If I write a book about it, I will be writing to those who only think like I do, which is a small percentage of you. God created you uniquely. use that uniqueness to come up with a system that is yours. Keep review in the mix.
So I write to you with a spirit of, I can do it if I keep to a routine and review. But if I don’t, I can’t rely on my innate ability to memorize because I don’t have that ability. In me, you can see victory and defeat. I will catch up and maintain what I’ve memorized because I am faithful to my routine. What more would Our Lord love than for you to get His Word inside of you? It is not my thing; it is His thing and He will and is glorified through it. For those of you who know that you should do it, get on it. It won’t just happen. And don’t believe the lie that if you learn a chapter, your mind is so full that you can’t learn another. Hogwash. These minds are not tapping into what they’re capable of, especially in this technological world.
Consider it and get to it. My life has been radically changed as I gently see the need to repent, what to say in a situation, how to pray for another but probably what is most important is it evokes praise to the One who I have got to know better through His living Word.