Memorizing scriptures and hymns played a very important role in my childhood. I remember, for every chapter/hymn I memorized, my mom used to reward me with Rs. 5!
It’s been more than two decades since then, but those precious verses I learnt back then are still fresh in my memory. So I decided I’ll start getting KT into the practice of memorizing scriptures much earlier than I did.
KT’s lessons commenced last week – while changing her dress, giving her a bath and taking her for a walk. I chose Psalm 23 and came up with my own actions for each word. Most of the times she used to repeat. But there were times she never seemed to pay attention. I never gave up.
Today, to my surprise, she said the first part of the first verse on her own! It may be just five words, but it made me so proud and gave me all the motivation I needed to teach her the rest of the chapter!
“I know of no other single practice in the Christian life more rewarding, practically speaking, than memorizing Scripture. . . . No other single exercise pays greater spiritual dividends! Your prayer life will be strengthened. Your witnessing will be sharper and much more effective. Your attitudes and outlook will begin to change. Your mind will become alert and observant. Your confidence and assurance will be enhanced. Your faith will be solidified”
~ Chuck Swindoll (Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life [Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1994], p. 61)