How can we practice what we can’t remember?

Today, my friend, Wendy asked if I could recite the ten commandments. I have to admit it, I could not remember them all, to recite them to her. Lord, forgive me, I want to practice them now; so I can recite them, and apply
them to everyday life.
I’d like to ask, how many of us can actually recite the ten commandments, with out cheating? (Exodus chapter 20: 1-17)

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11 thoughts on “How can we practice what we can’t remember?

  1. Well, Needles & Chickenfarmer….I have to say I can pretty well recite the 10 Commandments thanks to Sister Mary Anthony and Sister Mary Fidelis and Sister Chantal. They drilled their little Catholic school students daily in the 10 Commandments at our little Catholic School, St. Joseph’s Elementary/Middle school.
    But it wasn’t until I met the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and Lord that those 10 commandments really touched my little larcenous heart and transformed it so that the LAW (LOGOS) became RHEMA, the Living Word written on the tablets of my hear, within me. Now, I still have a ways to go but at least I WANT TO.

  2. MG,
    How wonderful that those sisters drilled you daily, and this enabled you to recite them today! But even more wonderful…. is that JESUS made the difference!

  3. Needles your point is a well taken wake-up call. I thought I would be able to easily recite them but when I tried I found I couldn’t remember two, three and four.
    (TWO: ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image–any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.’
    THREE: ‘You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.’
    FOUR: ‘Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.’)

    And what I thought was one and two were words from Jesus in Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:36-40).

    I’m with you on the need to practice in order to renew my mind and to take action. Joshua 1:8 is a great reminder also: “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

  4. Thanks for your honesty, Debi. I thought I might be the only Lily that could not recite ALL the commandments. And thanks for reminding us of the scripture in Joshua. “meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it”.

  5. well……Needles you definitely are not the only Lily that could not recite all the commandments……:(…..I could remember 6 and not even in order…..Thank You Needles ……Oh here is something to remember too…Jesus Gave us a new Commandment….do we remember that one?…dj

  6. Well Needles I had forgotten one or so….. I remember having them posted in our Sunday School class wall which helped. I remember someone telling me that it takes 38 times to get something into long term memory. So MG’s wonderful nuns did that.
    So if you read the bible once a year then it would take 38 years unless you pulled it out and studied daily. So I guess we’d better study.

  7. I tried to recite the Ten Commandments to Wendy and Tammy and I was a bit rusty. I think I could do it with a little thought but maybe not from the King James. More troubling to me is the fact that in the last few years I spent a lot of time on political issues such as should the Ten Commandments be removed from public/government buildings. A pillar of stone or wood plaque with writing on it be removed from the courthouse lobby and on and on. Maybe I should have spent more time on making sure they were engraved on my heart. Also getting to know the Holy Spirit better so He would bring to my remembrance the written word that I had read, studied and loved so I would be able to recite them, when asked, and obey them at all times. Also improving my relationship with Jesus the Christ, so I would know the 11th commandment.

    John 13:34-35, Jesus says, I have a new commandment to give you, I guess that would be Number 11. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for for another.”

    Thank Needles for your calling us to a spiritual duel!

  8. At my present school we have posted the three important
    “school commandments” on the wall in the front of each classroom. I call attention to them regularly and the children recite them. When a conflict or problem arises among the students, I just point to the 3 commandments
    and the children can point out which commandment has been violated and what we should do about it. The three commandments have a very familiar ring to them They are:
    1.Respect yourself 2. Respect others 3. Respect property. These seem to encompass the 5th, 7th-10th commandments of the Lord God Almighty.
    The children understand them even down to the very youngest and these are excellent teaching tools in the classroom to keep peace, and for character training.
    We have an extensive program to teach the virtues and a coveted reward system for those who do.
    It seems it’s all ok just as long as we don’t say we are teaching THE WORD OF GOD and His Kingdom principles.

  9. John 13:34-35, “Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. by this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for for another.”

    I am repeating this love scripture after reading Heather’s comment about her Mom on Dorothy’s blog on attitude of love. Heather spoke of the love her Mom had for others even while dying of cancer.

    You are right Needles, how can we live the commandments of God if we do not know them

    I am thankful for each writer on The Daily Lily that helps me remember by exhorting me daily to remember God and all His ways.

    I love The Daily Lily.com as it is a letter of love to others around the world 24/7. Heather in Texas could read it while others in NC, DC and around the US and throughout the world can find comfort in the writings and teachings of Jesus through the hands and hearts of the writers that contribute daily.

  10. Well Needles, I must admit, I couldn’t recite all the ten commandments either. That’s why I asked you if you could. I am trying to memorize these very important laws that were written by the hand of God. I was just reading this Bible story to my boys tonight. We talked about Moses and the children of Israel. What an important lesson. We need to learn these commandments and keep them close to our hearts. When God writes something down we better read it and live it. He means it.

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