8/20/08

S t r e t c h Your Memory

Mnemonics help us recall information, and you’ve probably used some for most of your life. The most familiar is the rhyme to remember how many days are in each month. It begins: “30 days have September, April, June, and November.” Mnemonics might be rhymes, odd sentences, or bizarre images—all designed to jog our brain cells.

Want to remember the seven deadly sins? Remember WASPLEG: Wrath, Avarice, Sloth, Pride, Lust, Envy, and Gluttony. The five American Great Lakes? Remember HOMES: Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. There are mnemonics to remember biological classification, the planets, the ruling houses of England, even math tangents and sines!

Memorization is tough work; no doubt about it. Memorizing God’s Word is a choice, because almost no one wants to take the time and effort these days. This summer, I’ve encouraged the ladies in my Sunday school class to memorize scriptures that will help and encourage them. It’s just been a starter course, to help them see the importance of memorization and even the fun of doing it with partners. The ladies acted out the verses—sometimes with hilarious ways to remember phrases. I encouraged them to review with “code,” writing down the first letter of each word in the verse to see if they could remember the verse, and then eliminating some of the letters. I asked them to sketch out the verse on paper, and share their creations with the class. The point is, there are many ways to memorize, and I want “my ladies” to stretch their memory.

Even if they don’t memorize perfectly, I pray that they will never forget the truth they learned while studying and from the devotionals prior to our fun sessions. I’ve asked God to stretch the ladies’ hearts as they “store up” the treasure of God’s Word (Psalm 119:11, ESV).

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