The other day I left my office to walk to the credit union. I descended the three flights of stairs and was halfway to my destination when I realized I had left the check I intended to cash on top of my desk.
On the way back up the stairs, I thought about something else I should have gotten. Well, I rationalized, at least I can pick that up and my extra trip won’t have been wasted.
When I next found myself at that same point headed toward the credit union, I realized that, though I had the check, I had forgotten the item that was going to make the extra trip worthwhile.
Perhaps this is a sign of advancing age. But I think I remember doing things like this even when I was much younger.
The truth is, memory requires concentration. And many of us forget little things simply because we don’t concentrate. This is the primary reason we forget the names of people we meet. Anything worth doing requires concentration — an attempt to remember. And Scripture is certainly worth remembering.
Many people don’t have a regular Scripture memory plan because they’ve tried it and failed. If I were guided by that kind of reasoning, I would never go to the credit union again.
But I can’t do that. My valuables are held there.
It’s the same with Scripture. It is spiritual treasure. God’s Word hidden in your heart (Psalm 119:11) helps your spiritual life to grow and deepen, and helps sustain you in times of trial.
As we get older it may take longer to remember verses, but it is infinitely worthwhile. I encourage you to do whatever it takes to hold a store of Scripture in your memory. I keep a list and review it regularly. It benefits me tremendously.
Well, I’m done. I guess I’ll review my verses. Now if I could just remember where I put that list …
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