Teaching to Learn and Learning to Teach

What am I singing and how did it get into my head?

I had a phenomenal run yesterday and by run I mean run/walk/jog/walk/jog/walk/walk/walk. Despite not being officially a run, it was great exercise and I pushed myself farther than I have the last couple months and loved it. I did the pushing more in the first half of my jaunt than the second. Towards the end I found myself singing II Cor. 4:17-18 one of my favorite passages. It says, “For this light and momentary affliction is achieving for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen, but to the things that are unseen, for the things that are seen are temporary, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”

I did not notice that I was singing the passage or the thoughts which led up to that point until I reached the end of the verse and sang the reference. At that point I asked myself, “Self, what made me start singing this verse?” I then traced back my thought process. As I walked I felt the pain of pushing my body. I thought about the pain and how the pain was not there when I was 20. I thought about aging, which then led me to think about the outer man decaying but inwardly being renewed day by day (verse 16 of II Cor. 4). By the end of that verse I was breaking into song. My spontaneous singing/humming has also happened a lot recently as I find myself day dreaming or as I think in a critical manner about others. I often find myself humming Philippians 4:8 and am reminded of what I should be thinking on: whatever is true, noble, excellent, praise worthy.

Thank you, Sovereign Grace Ministries, for your CDs of Scripture verses. I also appreciate the Seeds music for the same reason. I would much rather chase my thought process backwards to see how I got to thinking on what is right and true than to try to follow my thoughts and heart back to the beginning of wrong, false, or impure thoughts that led to a mess of sin.

My Jr. High students may have laughed at the fact that for their Scripture memory each week we used a song, but music helps the memory. The passages with a corresponding song will be the ones they remember. I know for me personally I want the Scripture to be deeply ingrained in my heart to affect my life. If a song will help do that and will help me bring it to memory when I am tempted to sin, then bring them on!