From Note to Noggin

by Joanna Pierce on July 27, 2016

I am a note-writer—a prodigy of putting pen to paper, a specialist in scribbling, a connoisseur of concocting communications, an authority in aides-mémoire, and a master of memos. On any given day, you can find notes throughout my home, on my desk, on my phone, and yes, on a sticky note stuck to the back of my phone…

I’ve got reminder notes for pretty much everything and everyone—including me. A lot of my notes serve as reminders for a particular moment or a day. But, I even have notes to help me create new (or eliminate) habits in my life. Notes help me start and stop activities, thoughts, and the like.

If you think I’m crazy, I challenge you to put a note on the back of the toilet tank to remind you to put the lid down. I don’t know if this particular example works from personal experience, but I did hear it once given in the form of advice from a best man to a groom on his wedding day. I think it was effective enough.

Etiquette habits aside—research shows when we set reminders for ourselves and complete actions enough times, we create new pathways in the brain. And, the new pathways (or lack of reinforcement for old pathways) help to reinforce new behaviors.

Now you’re probably thinking the following about me—You’re a nerd who sticks post-it notes on every tangible surface. So, where exactly are you going with this?

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee (Psalms 119:11, KJV).

How do we hide God’s Word in our hearts? Scripture tells us to meditate on God’s Word day and night (Joshua 1:8)—to do something until it’s a repeatable action.

So, here’s where my note system comes in. If you don’t have a note system, you need one.

Want to memorize Scripture? Remember the promises God has for you? Need comfort for today? Looking for God’s blessings? Whatever the case may be, the best way you can start is by writing down specific Scriptures and strategically placing them around your life.

Place your notes on a mirror, the refrigerator, front door, cookie jar, bedside table, steering wheel, or the toilet tank! Notes are best placed anywhere you frequent regularly and will see, read, and meditate on the words.

When you start to utilize a note system, the constant view of these notes—and Scriptures—will help you internalize them. Once internalized, the Scriptures will become a repeatable action for you over time.

Before you know it, you’ll have created a new pathway—from the note to your noggin, and from your noggin to your heart.

Over time, you’ll be able to automatically apply God’s to your actions and behaviors. Eventually, you won’t need to look at those notes. You’ll be able to dig deep into the recesses of your mind and heart and call upon those Scriptures when you need them. God’s Word will truly be hidden in your heart.

Create your own version of a noteworthy lifestyle today. Get a pen. Get some paper. Write your notes. And, get those notes (Scriptures) into your noggin!