Monday, December 24, 2012
Should Young Children Memorize Scripture?
Thoughts from Scott Turansky...
I think the very first Bible verse I memorized was 2 Corinthians 9:16, "Thanks be to God for his unspeakable gift." I was two years old. I remember my father encouraging me to say "unspeakable" with emphasis. I imagine that must have been fun to watch a little child quote a Bible verse.
Actually, my parents helped me memorize hundreds of Bible verses through my childhood. Many of those verses just went into my head. But once there, they had an opportunity, like seeds, to grow in their meaning. "Unspeakable" comes from the King James Version. Later in life, I moved to the New International Version which uses the word "indescribable." I like that word even better.
Over the years my understanding of that verse has grown. Some would suggest that you shouldn't have young children memorize verses they don't understand, but those people don't recognize the power of the mind to remember. The words bounced around in my mind for years and at various points in time new understanding of that gift made it's way down to my heart.
In fact, I would suggest that I'm still learning about that indescribable gift today. Salvation is a treasure and provides me with forgiveness and the ability to forgive. It gives me a peace inside and the power to address sin in my life.
I'm grateful for the care of my parents who took time to teach me scripture at a young age. It's a gift that has ramifications for my heart even today.
Do you have some kind of plan for scripture memory in your home? It would be encouraging to others if you'd share practical ideas.