I use a habit I learned long ago. It involves spearing. I learned this art from radio teacher, Earl Nightingale, the original Sky King. Mr. Nightingale commented on how he kept a pencil and paper a handy and when he saw or heard something, he would spear it as it swam by, and put it into his bag for later use.
I read a note the other day from an old friend, and I used all of my skill to copy it before it became part of the fog I call a brain. Wes Gates wrote, “Mid-night oil is for those who sing songs in the night.”
Over the years I have developed a fairly regular work habit, though on occasion I find I’m laboring in what I call a “work binge.” I don’t worry much about it for I have read of other great men who engaged the technique to great profit. Aside from having neat quotes at hand, by spearing them and writing them down, and then typing them and repeating them out loud, they stick in your mind and come swimming by at some later time when you need them. The same is true with scripture. Try this for a while and you will become addicted.
Having received songs in the night for years I use my share of mid-night oil. Job commented on this in Job 35:10, “But none saith, Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night;”
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