A friend of mine likes to imitate the verbal mistakes of English minister William Archibald Spooner, who was famous for his unintentional reversal of word sounds. In Spooner’s style, one fell swoop became “one swell foop” and a pouring rain became “a roaring pain.”

My friend pulled out some Bible memory cards one day and announced that he was going to “reverse his views” instead of “review his verses.” His spoonerized statement may have been closer to the truth of what can happen when we read and meditate on God’s Word.

I wonder if I have yet grasped the incredible process described in Romans 12:2, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” J. B. Phillips translates it, “Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your minds from within.”

This is nothing short of a mental revolution—taking my normal human way of seeing life and giving me a point of view I could not have without God.

Scripture memory is a powerful discipline that puts God’s living Word into our minds and gives Him the opportunity to change our thinking and reverse our views.