Having just come off of two back-to-back conferences, where I've done nothing but breathe, sleep and think education, specifically classical, I had an epiphany.
When we memorize something, we are writing on the book of our minds and hearts. Last week, Cub memorized and delivered 9 minutes of Patrick Henry's speech, "Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death." I unabashedly chose the speech for him. I wanted him to own the beauty of Patrick Henry's words, the profound theology, the courage and faith, of a man who was willing to lose everything for an idea, a hope, a dream... freedom.
He could have read the speech and enjoyed it and left it at that. But memorizing the speech and presenting it wrote the words on his heart, they are now part of the book of his life. He owns them forevermore.
Part of the sad state of our culture is due to the fact that we overview and use google-fu instead of memorize. We don't take the time to intellectually own facts, scripture, speeches, plays or sermons through memory work. It's like we've raised an entire generation of people who walk around with books full of blank pages.
We are called to be People of the Word, and so we must never under-estimate the value of Words. We are also People of the Book. Do yourself, and your kids, a favor and write great words, awe-inspiring, profound words, in their hearts and minds- memorize!