Last winter my two boys were sick a _lot_. It was miserable. So this winter, especially after the flu was reported to be so bad, I made the decision to keep my kids out of church for a while. At least one 3 year old boy in the church (one of my oldest son’s friends) almost went to the hospital due to illness. So I’m very certain I made the right decision.
Joshua (my oldest; 3) has been learning catechism and scripture memory in his Sunday school class. Growing up Baptist, catechism is a bit weird for me, but I know it’s fine. Just feels funny.
We took him back to church last week and of course he has a bit of catching up to do. My son is nothing if not cute and brilliant. His abilities to memorize are phenomenal. His class has been trying to learn “Be joyful always. Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17” for _three weeks_ now.
Guess who already knows his verse?
What’s really funny is that he decided that he should practice his verse instead of going to sleep last night. We got him in bed late; maybe 8:30 or 9:00. At 10:00, he still wasn’t asleep, so my wife went in to check on him. He was working on his verse. He only had part of it down. She told him the rest of it, then told him to go to bed and don’t worry about the verse until tomorrow.
At 11:00, he _still_ wasn’t asleep, but he knew his verse. That nut had been rehearsing it quietly, over and over, instead of going to sleep. He was sleepy, but you know, some things are more important.
This brings the list of verses he knows to:
* Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (He thinks it’s funny to swap “heavens” and “earth” and then cackle until I make him say it the right way. Strange sense of humor.)
* Proverbs 9:9 “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser. Teach a just man, and he will increase his learning.”
* Psalm 53:3 “There is no one who does good, not even one.”
* Psalm 119:9 “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.”
* Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
* Psalm 127:3 “Children are a gift of the Lord”
* Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
* John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
* Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and fall short of the glory of God.”
* 1 Thessalonians 5:16-17 “Be joyful always. Pray continually.”
And when I say he knows them, I mean he gets it perfectly. Every word.
I’ve tried to get him to learn Proverbs 22:15 (“Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child, but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him”) but he refuses. Heh. He also knows Ephesians 6:1 (“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”) but usually pretends not to. Rotten boy. :-)
He also knows the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 5:9-13 KJV).
My parents are quite certain I “drill” him a lot to get him to learn this, but it’s not the case. Most of the time, I go through a verse 4 or 5 times with him until he can repeat it once, and then just drop it. Then I’ll ask him about an hour later and he usually still knows it. And we go through his verses _maybe_ twice a week to see if he knows them. But mostly he just thinks it is fun and he’s really good at it. He also gets great joy from taunting us if Leandra and I can’t recite his verses. Or any other adults who happen to be around.
I was planning on blogging this last night while I was playing on my laptop waiting for him to fall asleep, but I didn’t have my wireless card in and was too lazy to get off the couch. 802.11b is cool.