So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
I stood with sweaty hands trying to remember the verse. It wouldn’t come to me. I didn’t exactly want the bookmark or pencil or whatever incentive I was being offered for remembering the verse. I didn’t want the embarrassment of not knowing either. I looked at my shoes and the teacher pitied me. They gave me clues. Even at a young age I knew that the number of clues I was being given showed that I didn’t know the verse. I blundered through the memory verse, was given a pencil or a bookmark and then sat down hoping I never had to do that again. Of course. I did. Week after week as I went through Sunday School. Memorize, rinse, and repeat.
The verses I remember are few. I can’t recite them verbatim. I had the same problem memorizing lines. I would hear a line from a play and in my own words I would express exactly the same principle. In Bible memory it was the same. I understood the Bible but I couldn’t memorize it. Compare that to the child with the photographic memory who can tell you what a verse says, but who does not understand it. Neither extreme is what would really help a child.
Bloom’s taxonomy says that learning starts with knowing the facts. A child begins their journey towards truly understanding an idea by being able to restate it in the way they received it. They go through stages of putting it into their own words and then synthesizing it with their own understanding of the world. Do you know a Bible curriculum which really does that well? To be able to accept the raw information and be able to recall it we might apply to Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences. Children can have multiple ways in which they learn. Some children are musical. Some children are kinesthetic. Some children are logical and mathematical. Some are interpersonal. Some are intrapersonal. And the list keeps expanding. Children are a combination of intelligences in varying measure. We can reach them in multiple ways.
So the question is, “How does the Bible verse listed above become best memorized by you?” Over Labour Day weekend I will be the speaker at Lake Geneva Youth Camp and it will be family camp. We will memorize the above verse. Why don’t you try it? It won’t be for a pencil or bookmark. It’ll be for the goodness that it grows in your own soul.
How would you memorize the above verse?
Will you do it?