Choose a scripture you would like to memorize. It can be as short as a sentence or two, or as long as a paragraph or more. The length of the passage is not important; what is important is that the verse you choose speaks to you directly. Then write your verse on several 4×6 index cards, and put them in places where you will see them often throughout the day (your bathroom mirror, the refrigerator, the inside of a kitchen cupboard door, etc., etc.). The first time you encounter one of your index cards, read it out loud ~ from that point, every time you see an index card, try to recite it from memory bit by bit, until you’ve worked your way through the verse and have memorized it.
They say that curiosity killed the cat. But I’m not so sure. I think curiosity may have made the cat a whole lot smarter, a whole lot wiser. Because being smart isn’t really about having all the answers. Being smart is about knowing which questions to ask and then having the patience and perseverance to pursue the answers.
Curiosity helps us learn.
It helps us learn about places like the Petrified Forest as we drive across Arizona. It helps us learn about times in history as we wonder what it was like to travel across the country by covered wagon. It helps us learn how things like velcro and zippers and chewing gum were invented.
Curiosity makes us ask questions and gives us an appetite for the answers.
“Lord, make me curious!” What a wonderful prayer to pray as we study God’s Word. Rather than approaching a familiar passage with the idea that we already know what it means and all there is to know about it, curiosity helps us to pause and ask new questions.
- I wonder what that word “fellowship” means in Greek?
- I wonder what was going on in David’s life when he wrote that particular psalm?
- I wonder what else the Bible has to say about “perseverance”?
- I wonder what kind of character Moses had?
- I wonder why that particular word or phrase is repeated again and again?
- I wonder where Nineveh is on a map?
One of the best ways to study God’s Word is to ask questions. How many questions can you come up with for a particular passage? Pick a passage–even a familiar one–and see. List every question you can think of and then embark on an adventure to find the answers.