I know how it happened. I mean, I know what I did wrong. I was watching TV before I went to bed, a program with a lot more bad language than I would usually tolerate. But it was a documentary and I justified my viewing, wanting to know what happened to the people.
But those words stayed in my mind. They stuck to the side of my brain like someone had come along with internal duct tape and fastened them there.
So the next morning as I slowly woke up and came to the realization (as I often do) that this would be another hard day navigating the cancer. I could feel the discomfort and I wasn’t even out of bed.
And one of those words flew to the forefront of my thought process.
This shocked me. I had never, ever been tempted to say the word before. And I didn’t want to start that early Tuesday morning.
But then as quickly as the word infiltrated my brain, I thought:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14).
That’s not a verse I say everyday. Where did it come from? I felt like the Holy Spirit had whispered it to me.
Wait a minute! The Holy Spirit is within me, convicting me, comforting me, helping me navigate life. Of course, He brought it to mind.
And I thanked Him for it. I grasped hold of the words of the verse and held on to them throughout the day,
But it made me think. A lot of educational theories are now saying memorization is bad:
*Keeps you from using your imagination,
*Makes you stressed.
*Doesn’t help you learn. You’ll forget what you’ve memorized.
*Can’t understand what you’re remembering.
*Rephrase Scripture in a child’s words so it’s easier for them. (That sounds dangerous. What if it’s rephrased into something that is wrong?)
God instructs us:
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11)
We need those stored-up verses that are hidden in our hearts. We need them there so the Holy Spirit can remind us of them at a moment’s notice. We need them so we can reach out and grab them.We need them to help us navigate life in a godly way.
Teach your child Scripture.
Teach yourself Scripture.
And beware of the late-night documentaries.