Don't Forget to Remember
THERE seemed to be nothing bigger in the world than Pokemon in the early 2000s.
Few things captured the attention of children on three levels- toys (figurines, trading cards, costumes), video games (on the highly portable Game Boy) and traditional media (a television cartoon series and animated movies).
Each seemed to fuel the other- watching the TV series helped you better understand what you were trying to do in the game (both of which could be done while keeping a deck of Pokemon cards in your pocket).
It even infiltrated fashion with the main character, Ash Ketchum helping to bring back the popularity of sponge-front trucker caps after they seemed to fall out of vogue in the eighties.
The game now has many different incarnations and versions but at the heart of Pokemon is essentially a collecting game.
It tends to lose some of its appeal when you think about it like that.
If it had been called “Monster Collecting Simulator”, it might never have taken off.
Still, players strive to gather and capture as many of the mythical creatures as they can. After all, the catchphrase is: “Gotta catch’em all!”.
One practice many Christians find valuable is collecting Bible verses, or as older folk may say, passages of Scripture.
That makes it sound like carrying around small scraps of paper torn from a Bible, but not so.
A collection of key verses can be a tremendous encouragement when things get tough. It’s great to be able to call on a bit of the Bible when you need it.
Pokemon players have the trusty Pokedex they can tap into at will to recall what the most recent pocket monster is captured and what it does.
We probably can’t carry around a Pokedex for Bible verses… or can we?
Your brain is better than any imaginary bug indexing system.
Then again, who’s to say you can’t have a “notes” file on your cell phone with some key verses jotted down that you can go to when you need reminding of something?
Or perhaps photos of Bible verses you can refer to, or a Bible app for that matter.
Pokemon players enter battles knowing what monsters they have with them.
A memory full of Bible verses can act the same way, helping equip and arm us when we’re about to enter into a battle against temptation, against possible lies, against the world’s traditional way of doing things.
When it comes to memory verses, it might be a bit ambitious to declare “gotta catch’em all” but still, we might boldly say when a challenge looms: “Scripture, I choose you!”
“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” - Psalm 119: 11