John Evans holds the Guinness World Record for balancing a 343 pound car on his head. Just as John had to grow muscle, especially in his 24 inch neck, we have to give our brains a regular workout. We must grow dendrites in order to receive, retain, and retrieve God’s Truths.
We all know that a good story is the next best thing to being there. We can stop the story at any point. Mull over a specific point. Effortlessly we rocket through memories for a time when something similar happened to us—near drowning on a lake, getting too close to a superheated furnace, standing on top of a high building, being too sick to stand, holding the lifeless body of a child and weeping through the loss…whatever is relevant. We can instantaneously return to the story without a glitch. Now, that’s a mental workout that grows dendrites.
Imagination provides the emotional “thump” to help us learn Bible stories. The “theater of the mind” clearly outdistances anything that mankind can contrive.
 “Heaviest Car Balanced on Head,” Guiness World Records, http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/records/amazing_feats/tests_of_strength/heaviest_car_balanced_on_the_head.aspx, cited August 2, 2009.