Don’t forget to remember. Now what does that mean?
As I do some Sunday’s, I join our family church service back in Toledo, per zoom.
Because I heard Pastor Ruby’s sermon with this topic, I began to take notes on what she was saying.
She asked the congregation what they thought this could mean. I heard some answers and then I hear my dad’s voice say, “It’s about personal responsibility”.
I felt so proud to hear Dad’s answer. He is right. A big part of “don’t forget to remember” stems from your personal responsibility.
It’s about remembering past lessons and learning from them along your journey. Don’t forget to remember.
Furthermore, as you remember from past lessons, you are less apt to repeat them.
As your awareness raises and you slow down, paying attention, you become someone who is personally responsible for your life.
As Pastor Ruby said, “Sometimes we need help to remember”. Don’t forget to remember.
From God, our support groups, perhaps at church or synagogue. I have been a part of some Master Mind groups over the years. They are very helpful to see things more clearly.
Similarly, our friends and family members can be this support for us.
Consider the consequences that may happen when you don’t remember from past lessons and find yourself repeating patterns.
Some may be harsh, others a gentle reminder for you.
As a result of remembering our blessings daily, you will find more joy and peace in your life.
Here are some things you can do each day, consistently, to count your blessings:
- Write in a gratitude journal
- Read inspirational readings. These can be short or longer, given your time you have. Just read something uplifting.
- Spend time in prayer.
- Breathe and meditate.
What else? Write to me to let me know things you do that help you to count your blessings each day.
We simply can’t afford to not remember from past lessons, can we?
Not if you choose to live a life you love.
As I often do, I did some research on the internet about this topic.
Here is a part of Psalm 103:
“Let all that I am praise the LORD,
“May I never forget the good things He has done for me.” Psalm 103:2″
This is in alignment with my article today.
What the first line says to me, as I am aware and choose consciously to be the best I can be, I am praising God.
The second line, may I never forget what God has done for me.
As a result of more research, I found a video of a pastor sharing his sermon about this topic and how it relates to Psalm 103.
He talked about how “God gave each of us memory, so we can remember.
He spoke about 3 types of memory:
- Tender memories, bring smiles to our face
- Tough memories, are sad and bring tears to our eyes.
- Trust memories, are designed to keep joy filling our hearts.
Because God is a forgiving God, don’t forget to build your life on God’s love.
As He has done for others, He will pay us back with forgiveness.
Don’t forget to remember God’s Grace on all of us.”
Finally, as Pastor Ruby said toward the end of her sermon, “God doesn’t forget to remember us. Remember God’s faithfulness.”
As you begin this new year, my hope is, that each of us will remember. With these memories, you will become more fully alive.
With love and appreciation,
PS, Here is the link to the 30 minute sermon I found online:
I found this in a very short Christian article with specific examples from the writer: