Myth 2: I’m too old to memorize.
God doesn’t retire people when they reach “old age.” Take Moses, for example. Do you remember how old he was when God called him? No, not late 30slike you see in The Prince of Egypt. Not even 60-something like in The Ten Commandments. According to the Bible, he was 80. At the burning bush, God took an elderly outlaw with a speech impediment who spent his time with stinky sheep and convinced him to guide Israel across the desert for the next 40 years. If God can do that with Moses, then God can do untold things through you—regardless of your age.
Moreover, memorizing Scripture helps improve working memory. In 2006, the Journal of the American Medical Association released a study revealing that seniors who underwent memory training benefited, even for years after.
Myth 3: I don’t have enough time.
Nobody thinks they do, but the fact is there are ways to incorporate memorization into our busy schedules. Be intentional and strategic with how you use your time. Make use of wait times like when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store or waiting for your food at a restaurant.
10 Tips to Get Started
Contrary to popular opinion, people who memorize regularly are not “super Christians” with photographic memory. Instead, they have simply learned ways to make the challenge fun and simple. Below are 10 tried-and-true memory strategies.
1. Start with passages you’re already familiar with.
2. Write the verse on one side of an index card and the verse reference on the other. Carry the card around with you so you can work on memorizing it during wait times.
3. Record yourself reading the verses. Listen and follow along while you’re driving, working out, or cleaning.
4. Write the first letter of each word in the verse. When you need a hint, look at the letters instead of the full verse.
5. Use the stacking method. Stack small drawings or pictures that represent different keywords in the verse. This can help you visualize the verse, even when you aren’t looking at the pictures.
6. If you learn best when you do something with your hands, shuffle a deck of cards while you quote. The repetitive motion will help you concentrate.
7. Tape your verse to the bathroom mirror and work on it as you shave or fix your hair in the morning.
8. Write the verse by hand. Rewrite the verse over and over, or use hand-lettering and other creative illustrations. Utilizing fine motor skills engages your brain. The more of your brain you can employ while memorizing, the better the information will stick.
9. Memorize for five minutes, and then take a break. This allows your brain to relax after the mental exercise.
10. Set your computer and phone background images to verses. You’ll be surprised by how quickly you have it memorized!
Although Bible memorization can be challenging, it’s vital for anyone interested in growing spiritually. Not only is it commanded in Scripture, but also you’ll be strengthened and be able to benefit others as well. So try it! Choose a verse. Memorize it. When you’re done, share it with three people. After that, choose another verse. You don’t want to miss the powerful ways God can use this practice in your life.
Angela Cornell is a country girl living in central Illinois with her family. She graduated from Bethel College (IN) in 2013 and is a freelance writer. Find more of her writings at www.dothingsworthwritingblog.wordpress.com.