Thing is, many people are just intimidated by the very idea of “memorizing”, and yet they'll go around quoting their favourite movies. How often have you heard people quipping “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die”? Or "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine"? How often have you said those or similar? How many times have you sung along with a commercial jingle? What about your national anthem? Amazing Grace? See? You can memorize! (Eeek! I'm remembering “967-11-11 Call Pizza Pizza” and I have a hard time with my own phone number!)
With biblical storytelling, we take ownership of the scripture. The “memorizing”, if you want to call it that, becomes part of a worship journey. For me, it's amazing, because I have to take so much time with it. I have to soak in it, breathe it in, in order to own it. So how do we go about doing it?
The Biblegateway website has some wonderful tips for memorizing scripture. (I know, I know, there's the “m” word again.) I like this list, so here's the link. http://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2013/03/ten-tips-for-memorizing-bible-verses/ I think, as you look at the list, you will see how it's not really about memorizing, but about taking ownership that I keep talking about. Go ahead. Write it on your heart.