I remember growing up as a kid and having to learn Bible verses. I used to cringe at the thought of having to memorize yet another verse. I already had to memorize spelling words in school, Bible verses were another thing I had to do. Oh how simple those days were as a young child. Now I would love to have only the stress of memorizing some verses and spelling words.
Over the years as I got older, there wasn’t an emphasis on memorizing scripture. I would read my Bible, but never memorize verses. Obviously, after reading passages over and over, I would start to remember what those verses would say, but was never confident in stating them, without referencing my Bible.
There’s been several stories of soldiers that were captured in war, that the only way they said they were mentally able to make it through their imprisonment was to repeat verses they had learned as a child. Now we might not be in their situation, but we all face challenges in life. We all face times when we are not sure how we’re going to make it through. Having verses memorized, so we can recall them quickly can only be beneficial to us.
I’m not sure why we quit focusing on memorizing scripture as we age. It seems that once we get out of elementary school, there is no more focus on it. The issue is with that is, that as you get older, you need to rely on those verses to get you through the tough times. We should always be continuing to learn and memorize scripture.
Memorizing is also very good for our brain. Some of those benefits are:
- It helps us remember better.
- It challenges our brain. Just as exercise is good for our heart and body, memorizing helps keep our brain in shape.
- It can help us identify patterns better.
- Knowing information helps free up brain power.
- It helps us practice focus.
- Helps us learn new concepts quicker.
- Improves our creativity (this is probably due to freeing up brain power)
- Last, it helps stave off cognitive decline.
I don’t know about you, but I could use all of those benefits. In an effort to memorize more scripture that I can recall right away without going to my Bible; I’m going to attempt to learn a Bible verse each week. Would love to have you guys join in. Each week I will post a new verse and it will alternate between a verse that is a command and a verse that is a promise.
The first verse for this challenge is a promise out of John 15:10: ” If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
Sources: 10 Proven Brain Benefits