Yesterday, I shared the following paragraph with my disciple-making class as it relates to making disciples who love memorizing Scripture. Bottom line: we do what we want to do. It is not a lack of ability or competency. It is a lack of desire and determination.
The human brain consists of about one billion neurons. Each neuron forms about 1,000 connections to other neurons, amounting to more than a trillion connections. If each neuron could only help store a single memory, running out of space would be a problem. You might have only a few gigabytes of storage space, similar to the space in an iPod or a USB flash drive. Yet neurons combine so that each one helps with many memories at a time, exponentially increasing the brain’s memory storage capacity to something closer to around 2.5 petabytes (or a million gigabytes). For comparison, if your brain worked like a digital video recorder in a television, 2.5 petabytes would be enough to hold three million hours of TV shows. You would have to leave the TV running continuously for more than 300 years to use up all that storage.
Here’s the question I’m asking myself:
“If I were to recite all the Scripture I have memorized, how long would it take? What does that communicate to the disciples I’m seeking to make?”