By Ada Brownell
Your two-pound brain can store more than today’s most advanced computers, according to Kenneth Higbee, author of Your Memory and How it Works and How to Improve it.
The most important thing about our brains is what we put in all that storage.
Paul Reber, professor of psychology at Northwestern University, says 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.
Think. What do you want to know to help you with success? Finding a good mate and making a good marriage? What would you like to know that would help with your emotions such as fear, depression, anxiety, anger? Do you need help with parenting? What would you want to recall if you knew you’re probably drawing your last breaths?
My son-in-law and I had the privilege to lead a neighbor to the Lord who had a terminal diagnosis. In about two weeks, lung cancer advanced so much the man struggled to breathe. He was a little hard of hearing, but I don’t think he could have heard me try to encourage him anyhow because his wheezing was so loud people in the room couldn’t hear each other.
I prayed for him, but wished so much I could quote some of the scriptures that bring an extra baptism of peace for the dying. It would have been useless to sing him a wonderful old hymn about God’s love and heaven. Since he never served God until his life was nearly gone, his head was empty of scripture and singing.
Every time I’ve been around the dying they were comforted by God’s Word and songs with a wonderful message.
The Bible is the greatest book ever written and it has powerful words for every occasion, every age group, every nationality, rich or poor. Every member of your family should know the scriptures.
The first verse I remember memorizing was as a young child, “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Parents and Sunday school teachers who don’t think little ones can understand and memorize are mistaken. I was pretty young when I learned The Ten Commandments, and “Children obey your parents for this is right. Honor thy father and mother, which is the first commandment with promise; that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:1-3 KJ). I memorized King James.
Children learn a big hunk of their language in their first three years, and by the time the tots are five, they not only remember and memorize numerous songs and poems, they have reasoning skills that often surprise others.
The Bible isn’t like textbooks that are outdated in 10 years or less. Scriptures we learn as a child are as powerful when we’re 2, 20, 40, 80, or even 108. The Word of God is most powerful information you can put in your brain.
Memorize the Word yourself and teach it to your children and grandchildren.
Here are three important scriptures to teach children:
“God is love” (1 John 4:8).
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
“Honor your father and your mother...so that you may live long and that it may go well with you” (Deuteronomy 5: 16 NIV).
If you would like to read more encouraging and educational material about how God’s Word works in us, try any of Ada Brownell’s books. You’ll probably especially enjoy The Lady Fugitive Here or Swallowed by Life. Here