When some people memorize Scripture verses, they feel compelled to push forward and see how quickly they can learn a verse and move on. Resist this urge! It can't be said too often, the goal is not to see how quickly a verse can be memorized.
The goal is to learn the verse so well that you remember it the rest of your life. That takes time!
There is no “fixed pace” that has to be maintained. Fix this firmly in your mind - Your goal is not to:
Remember Principle #2 - Long Term, Repeated Use And Review is the key to learning how to memorize Scripture verses. By setting a slow pace, you provide the time for reviewing a verse a thousand or two thousand times over a long period of time.
1. You're never behind.
When you set your own pace you never have to feel like you're failing because you're not keeping up. Falling behind is often the beginning of the end when you're learning how to memorize Scripture.
No one enjoys the stress of trying to keep pace or the discouragement of falling behind. When that happens, you may feel defeated and walk away from the whole effort. That isn't going to help anyone learn more Scripture for life.
2. You can change your pace whenever you want.
You may be able to focus intently on your Scripture memory effort this week but next week you may be distracted, extra busy, or out of town. That's not a problem when you set your own pace.
When memorizing Scripture becomes a way of life you aren’t under any pressure. There are no deadlines to meet. You can just keep reviewing and reviewing and reviewing. If you review a verse 200 times one week and only 20 times the next week you have succeeded! You have increased the number of times you’ve reviewed the verse and that is what matters.
3. You can pause, even for a long while, and then start again later.
Pausing is not the same as stopping or quitting. There's no time limit when it comes to memorizing a verse. You won't be disqualified if you haven't learned a verse in a certain number of days, weeks, or months.
I don't recommend taking a break from the process but sometimes life doesn't cooperate. You'll find yourself out of your routine, maybe out of town for a few days and that can throw you off your schedule. At some point you'll wake up sick and your mind won't be up to sixty seconds of focused effort.
BUT . . . because you’re memorizing on your own slow pace that'll be alright.
There's a difference between excusing yourself when you're just wanting to be lazy and simply not being able to focus because you're really sick. Don't beat yourself up about it. Life's like that. Get rested, get back to normal and start up again.
4. You can start over on any verse whenever you like.
After learning several verses, you may decide that the most helpful thing would be to go back and work through those verses again before moving on. That's perfectly fine.
In fact, that may often be the most effective course to take. Remember, “It's better to learn one verse for life than ten that you forget in a few days.”
When you are in charge of setting your own, slow pace you can choose how to spend your time. There is no downside to reviewing a verse that you first worked on three months before. In fact, you may find fresh insight and fresh encouragement from a verse as you bring it back to the forefront of your mind.
5. You don't have to feel guilty or embarrassed if some verses require more time than others.
You will almost certainly find that some verses are learned easily and others are more challenging. That's alright. Because you're not on a fixed schedule, you can allow yourself all the time you need to work your way through the verses that, at first, don't seem to want to stick in your mind.
One of the keys to learning how to memorize Scripture is realizing that the process is a marathon not a sprint. Perseverance is important. Set a slow pace.
A year from now you’ll be pleased with the progress you've made toward learning some rich, encouraging verses of Scripture so well that you remember them the rest of your life.
We pray that this lesson will help you memorize Scripture verses.
This lesson was written by Clark Palmer