It’s the time of year for New Year’s resolutions. Instead of only opening a new gym membership or adding books to one’s reading lists, many people are opting for another challenge in 2020—memorizing verses and books of the Bible. Many Christian leaders, such as Pope Francis, Ravi Zacharias and Francis Chan have shown their support for the movement that started the hashtag #YearoftheBible.
Nick Hall started the movement in hopes to make 2020 the year when more people read and understand the Bible. “We want people to love the Bible and desire for the Bible to get to other languages,” Hall said. “I really see our relationship with the Bible as the one thing that changes everything.”
In addition to the life-changing aspects reading the Bible brings to one’s life, Christians who feel compelled to go the extra mile and memorize the verses they’re reading might be in for additional benefits.
According to an article in Forbes, memorizing facts allows a person to think critically about those items. He or she can then train the brain to store facts and use that free space to think critically about a certain situation. “Just as chess players who have memorized chessboard patterns have more space in working memory to strategize their moves, students who have memorized facts about economics have more capacity to think critically about how to apply them.”
When applied to the memorization of biblical passages, this concept rings all the more true. If people take time to study verses and commit them to memory, they may be able to apply the concepts to their everyday lives without requiring the brain to call forward more information in the moment.
The “Bible Memory Man”, shared some ideas about how best to do this in a recent interview. His real name is Tom Meyer, but he’s earned his nickname from Ken Ham, founder of the Creation Museum, where Meyer is a guest speaker. The nickname fits him well, as he has earned it by memorizing 20 books of the Bible.
In a recent interview with Fox News, he provided three ideas of how best to tackle memorization goals.
Choose verses that address parts of your life that you may want to improve so that each verse is more relevant to you. After choosing the verses, he provides easy ways to commit them to memory. He calls these the “three pillars of memorization: reading, hearing and writing.”
- Read the verse out loud in the same Bible.
- Find a recording of the verse and listen to it repeatedly.
- Write the verse out.
Meyer suggests writing it in several lines, keeping each line to a maximum of eight words. After you have finished memorizing the verse, he recommends meditating on it so that it stays in your memory.
Meyer is a perfect example of using his verses as he spends much of his time traveling to different churches and reciting the book of Revelation from memory. For more information, visit his website.