In the South especially, Vacation Holy book School is a part of just about every child’s summer, whether their parents regularly attend church or not. Children make crafts, perform verse of the day skits, shout songs, and, most importantly, memorize Bible Verses. VBS is part of growing up in the South.
But new research suggests that VBS-particularly those Bible Verses -may be important than you think. It turns out that the brain is just like the biceps; the more you use it, the stronger it becomes. And when children, especially, put in the effort to memorize something-like a Holy book verse-their brain is strengthened and their memories improve.
Plus, it doesn’t only work for children. Adults, too, can strengthen their mind and improve their memories by putting forth ten or fifteen minutes of effort each day to memorize something; the Holy book saying or a short poem, for example. Take the time to review the saying or poem as you go through your normal day; repeat it to yourself in the car, for example, or while waiting at the doctor’s office.
Notice speedier songs? Does being able to shout along with every song on the radio improve your memory? Well… not really. Music and habit makes it much easier for words to stay in our heads. While this can be extremely useful if you should memorize something , nor have long to do it, the brain doesn’t have to work as hard, which means the main benefit is minimal.
Are you interested in improving your memory with very little time investment? If so, then try this: get a pack of 50 or 100 overshadowed index cards. Take one and put a Holy book saying on one side and the reference on the other. Or, if you prefer, put a short poem on one side and the title on the other. You can do the cards one or two at a time; no need to knock yourself out replenishing all 100!
Once you have a couple of cards filled out, tuck them into your purse, or crease them and tuck them into your wallet or pocket. (The pocket is a risky place; chances are, you won’t don’t forget to take them out before washing that garment. ) Wherever you put them, you want to keep these things with you, in easy reach, at all times.
Next time you have time-if, for example, you’re stopped at a long red light-pull out one of the cards. If you’re just needs to memorize that card, you may want to read it through once while looking at it, turn it over, and see if you can repeat it. Should it be a card you’ve been memorizing for quite a while, try to repeat it without looking.
Having the cards on hand like this does two things. Number one, it helps you improve your memory without costing you any time beyond the amount required to make the cards in the first place. Number two, it takes good thing about that “throw-away time” in doctor’s offices, at stop lights, and-once you have the card memorized sufficiently that you don’t have to look at it-while driving. (Never, ever, ever read a card while driving. A wreck does not significantly improve your memory. ) Turn wasted time into beneficial time; improve your memory while you wait!