Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Little Reminder Never Hurts

Every month, I get emails from my bank telling me they are about to make my electronic payments. Even though I know about them, a little reminder never hurts. When I taught the “Dying to Live Abundant Life” seminar last Saturday, I got a reminder of how much I love teaching these liberating truths, and though I've taught them 100's of times, every time I teach them they go deeper into my spirit.

In the Old Testament culture—before there were books— story-telling, songs, and poems were the way people learned and remembered things! Repetition is the age-old way of learning. That’s how Jesus would have learned.

Not surprisingly then, in the illiterate culture of His day, Jesus told stories. And he repeated those stories as he went from place to place. That is why the Disciples were able to recall and re-tell them in the Gospels almost word for word. Paul repeats certain themes in all his letters (many things he wrote the Ephesians were repeated in his letters to the Colossians and Philippians). The early church learned by repetition.

Over the years, I have memorized lots of Scriptures—simply by using them over and over as I taught and counseled. The more I spoke, the more they stuck. In your sphere of influence today, I am sure you will meet someone who needs to be reminded of some truth. We should all, like Peter, say, “I plan to keep on reminding you of these things as long as I live” (2 Peter 1:12-13). A little reminder never hurts.

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