Learning is a tricky thing. The human mind has two different ways of storing information: short-term memory and long-term memory. Storing information in short-term memory is fairly easy—an example would be repeating a phone number over and over in your mind while you search for something to write it down on. It's helpful for things you only need to remember for a short time, because after a brief period, that memory is gone.
Storing information in long-term memory takes effort. Even for something as important as teachings from the Word of God, we often don't go the extra mile required to do so. We at The Word Go Project believe that it is worth the effort to put teachings from Scripture into long-term memory! But we also think there is an easier way for you to get truths from the Bible into your long-term memory.
Most every person who was a child in the United States in the 1970s can recite the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution from memory. The reason is a series of animated shorts called "Schoolhouse Rock" which we saw every Saturday morning, and specifically a segment called "The Preamble" which had a catchy jingle with the Preamble word-for-word as its chorus. The reason all of those kids-who-are-now-adults can still recite the Preamble is that repetition is the best way to store things in your long-term memory. Watching that cartoon every Saturday for months on end effortlessly implanted information in our minds that otherwise would have been a painful homework exercise.
Similarly, The Word Go Project is designed to facilitate repetition. Tomorrow in our "How" post we will explain more about how this works; for now just know that our goal is to make it easy for you to learn what the Bible is saying to you! We want to make learning about God's love letter to us, the Bible, as attractive an option as turning on the radio. We hope you enjoy it and make it part of your life!
That said, please attend the local church of your choice. Please make the effort to hear what God is saying to you through your pastor, and do whatever it takes to retain that information. Write it down, buy the CD, discuss the message with your family over lunch, whatever you can. But in between those times at church, use The Word Go Project to bring even more Word with you on the Go!
Tomorrow: How do I use The Word Go Project?