Ever since I was a little boy, the Bible was read to me. When I started reading on my own, I read the Bible. Still, something revolutionary happened about seven years ago when I began memorizing Bible texts.
Actually, I started out by accident, but realized that passion, time and techniques enabled people to memorize long texts. Today I make a living of reciting Bible texts in churches and other places. Among other texts, I have memorized the entire Gospel of Mark.
When I rehearse new texts, it is not just to expand my repertoire, but because it still makes a huge difference in my life to get these words under my skin and into my heart. Memorized words often come to me when I am alone, in a difficult situation or talking to other people. It does not always make life easy when I am reminded of what the Bible says about different issues, but it makes life good!
The word of the Bible challenges me in my everyday life and calls me to follow Jesus. One day I received an email from a pastor who had begun memorizing Bible texts herself. She then recited and acted them out for the congregation. That makes me happy, because it is my dream that many churches will make it an integrated part of the Sunday service.
Instead of Bible readings, there will sometimes be Bible recitation and acting. If you want to see what happens to a text when acted out, please watch the video where I recite the Christmas story.