I am studying "Spiritual Disciplines" with my church family, and one of the Spiritual Disciplines we are working on is Memorization. I shared yesterday that when I was younger, it was VERY easy to memorize. I read a passage over a couple of times, then worked on it a bit, and before I knew it, I had it memorized. Teaching verses to children was a great way for me to embed the Word of God in my head.
As I have gotten older, I have found that it is much more difficult to retain large portions of Scripture. I prefer to memorize a number of verses - at least enough to get the gist of the passage and keep it in context - and sometimes whole chapters.
That's really hard to do. Maybe it's the brain damage from the accident I was involved in nearly four years ago. Maybe it's just the process of aging. I'm finding it a chore to memorize.
BUT don't think I'm going to stop doing it. I know the importance of hiding God's word in my heart, and I am NEVER going to quit doing it.
John Piper tells us why it's so important. He says it so much better than I do.
I have experienced how sweet it is to commune with my God, using His perfect and beautiful and gracious and life-giving, life-transforming words.