German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus (1850-1909) is credited for inventing the learning curve. He was also the first psychologist to conduct extensive work on memory studies. Among his findings: we need to hear something five times in order to remember it.
Another study found that the average high school student forgets 95 percent of what he learns in school within three days. (I was an overachiever; I forgot everything within two days.)
Remembering what we learn is critical to success, especially in our spiritual walks. Joshua advised, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; 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” (Joshua 1:8).
I knew a guy who liked to brag, “I’ve forgotten more than most people know.”
I’m not sure that’s a good thing. I’m pretty sure the point is to remember stuff, not forget stuff.
Recovery Step: Commit to memory things that matter, such as Scripture, recovery principles, and daily prayers.