Todd Beezley comments on our blog post on May 15, 2013: “Now That I Have The Entire Power Trilogy, How Do I Use Them?”
Cramming, My Path to Survival and Success
I love Don’s comparison of cognitive cramming for a short-term need to the process so many of us used to survive or even thrive during our college days. There is such a ring of truth in this.
I can’t help but recall an English class I took in my senior year at the University of Missouri, way back when. On the first day of class, the professor reviewed our list of required reading, and mentioned, only in passing, a book nearly 1000 pages in length that he said we would need to read throughout the semester.
As time passed, we studied from every other book in our course curriculum, but not from that behemoth book, alluded to just that once by our fearless leader. On the final day of regular class, the professor dropped the ultimate bombshell. “Remember that 1000 page book of essays I ordered each of you to read? Your final exam will be based entirely upon its contents.”
You could have heard a pin drop in that room. Jaws figuratively hit knees at every desk, and, after class, the students gathered into invisible, academic lifeboats in the hallway, forming emergency, ad-hoc, learning committees, designed to help us survive that upcoming, sure-to-be disastrous, final exam.
Four or five of my friends and I decided to spend the night together before the test in an overnight cram session. The coffee poured, as we pored over the lengthy materials. I prepared for what I hoped would be an essay exam, memorizing the names of each of the roughly 40 essays and their authors.
I then, painstakingly, committed to memory the first and last sentence of each essay, so that I would have content to quote when the blue books were opened.
On impulse power, having metabolized virtually every caffeine bean left in my body, I sat down, bleary-eyed, at the desk and wrote…and wrote…and wrote.
One week later, with great trepidation, I dialed the phone number of my graduate assistant in the course, and asked for the grade on my final exam. “Ahh, Mr. Beezley,” came the cheery voice on the other end of the line. “You had one of the finer grades in the class…a 96.”
I had done it. I survived, and while I cannot recall any of the contents of the course, I can still testify after nearly 40 years as to just how far the short-term memory can be stretched through the use of intense cognitive training.
Don, thank you for applying these scientific and academic truths to the most important realm of life, our spiritual growth. I am deeply in your debt.
DCM NOTE: as part of our regular program we show people how to use this cramming approach to release God for answered prayer in divine healing , deliverance, and other needs.
There are no wrong answers here, only seek more of Jesus who already paid for every failure we ever made, are now making, or will make. Since He was healed of it, so are you. It is there waiting for you to get it.
It will be shameful for you to show up on the Day of Judgment and see that every hardness of heart was already healed and waiting for you to do the right labour to get that hardness of heart healing already done in Jesus.
A Bible not devoured is like bags of seed stored away. The potential of God into the Earth is there, but never a harvest is made. Jesus is the Seed. The only soil that matters is your heart.
God loves YOU!
Keep Working the Word so God can Work!
God Bless You and Yours in the Name of Jesus to be more Noble in Him (Acts 17:11-12)
Jesus is Lord of Heaven and Earth!
Donald C. Mann
Speaker, teacher, navigator and author of The Power Trilogy:OK, God, Now What? Discovering Our Redemption Battle Prayer for Divine Healing-Field Manual 2