Monday, December 26, 2005
What has been your motivation, and why do you think it is so important to memorize scripture?
Rom 12:2 ... Paul admonishes us to renew our minds in order to be able to know God's will. Because I want to do God's will, I must know it first. My mind is renewed as I learn God's Word, which reveals His character. In college, I began to memorize verses. Then, in order to understand the verses' context, I memorized passages. Then I began to memorize books to gain a better understanding of the passages. The more of God's Word I have memorized, the more often I can know (immediately!) what God's perspective is in particular situations and about particular subjects, as I come across them in everyday life.
When did you start memorizing?
I began memorizing books shortly after I got married, about 24 years ago.
Did you ever feel like giving up?
NEVER!! ... although I have taken breaks in order to review, which is very important.
Have you found any one method to work in particular?
I do one or two verses per week, studying them as I go. I use Greek dictionaries, commentaries, and a couple translations in order to gain a thorough understanding of each verse. As I'm memorizing the verses slowly, I read the forthcoming chapters many, many times, so that when I get there I am familiar with the words and ideas. I put the verses on 3x5 cards and take them wherever I go. Then I put the whole book on spiral 3x5 cards when I'm done the book. Then, when I know the book well, I put it on my master 3x5 notebook, using only the first letter of every word, just for a reminder. Did I mention REVIEW?
What's your next memorization project?
I'll be beginning Galatians in January, and I hope to do Ephesians in '07, Philippians in '08, and Colossians in '09 ... with God's help. All the while, I'll be REVIEWING!