How to Succeed in Scripture Memorization without Really Trying

How to Succeed in Scripture Memorization without Really Trying

I memorized a poem when I was very young; I doubt that I will ever forget it. It goes like this:

Life’s little pleasures are the best
A day of work, a night of rest
A secret shared, a friend or two
And love to brighten all you do

I never tried to memorize it, it never even occurred to me to want to memorize it. It simply hung on my bedroom wall over the foot of my bed for years during my childhood.

Recently I began to think about this effortless memorization and decided to try an experiment. I selected a verse that I wanted to learn and copied it onto an index card. I then placed that index card next to my computer at work where I would see it all day long. I selected this verse:

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 (NKJV)

About two months later, I was listening to an audio book which quoted this verse. I was quite surprised to find my lips moving along with the narrator as he read the verse - I hadn’t realized I had memorized it. What a pleasant surprise!

Now please don’t think I am suggesting this as a primary study method for scripture memorization. If you have seen anything of my “Memorize Scripture – On the Go!” program you know that I believe we learn best when we approach scripture memorization by involving as many senses as possible. Hearing, speaking, writing, and reading each verse helps us to learn better and more quickly than any other method I’ve tried.

I simply offer this passive learning method as a supplement to your normal scripture study methods. How nice it was to find more of God’s Word hidden in my heart when I hadn’t even made a conscious effort to put it there. I hope that you will experience this joy as well!