Jerry Wiles on Your Memory and Your Spiritual Life

Storytelling activates the Brain and Enhances Memory

A friend and co-worker recently brought to my attention that the second most spoken command in Scripture is to “remember.”  Actually, we can only live out what we can remember.  So, memory is vitally important, not only for our spiritual life, but for all of life.  Brain health and memory enhancement are important topics these days, and becoming more critical for older people (or as a friend likes to say, those who are more chronologically enriched). However, everyone, at any age can benefit from having a better memory, and there are certain things we can do to improve our memories.

The Value of Memorials

During my college and seminary days in the 1970s I had several part-time jobs.  One of those was selling pre-need cemetery property.  Many cemeteries have names such as memorial parks or garden of memories.  There are many different ways of remembering people, important events, things that matter most, as well as maintaining those memories. That would apply in the corporate sense, as well as for families and individuals.  For those and many other reasons, the memory industry is growing.  Sculptures, art and architecture, monuments, and many other kinds of memorials are methods of being reminded and maintaining memories of important people and events.

Church Traditions

In our modern world, we have many wonderful church traditions that we should remember.  However, so many of them are not relevant to the essence of the Gospel and disciple making. What we understand as our Lord’s Great Commission is not complicated.  It’s basically to communicate the Good News of the Kingdom to everyone and make disciples of all nations.  However, it should be done in ways that are memorable, cross-cultural, transferable and reproducible to all places and every people group.

Importance of the Written Word

While the written text is important for preserving knowledge, the majority of people of the world respond best by personally engaging with the Word of God.  While Bible reading and Scripture memory are valuable disciplines, there is a growing awareness that Scripture engagement and personal witness are even more important.  In fact, it is more universal for learning and communicating, and is essential for the Bible-less, unreached people and the Oral Learners of the world.  Learning in community enables individuals to benefit from the collective memory of the group.  In our Orality journey, we’ve also discovered that in most cases, learning and processing stories from the Bible sticks in our minds better than memorizing written texts.

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SOURCE: Assist News Service