““So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.” Deuteronomy 4:39
Do you keep a calendar?
Jot things on sticky notes?
Set up timers and reminders on your phone?
Yeah. Me too.
My memory isn’t what it used to be. I need reminders – strategies, a means to keep important info front and centre.
Memories are collected in our frontal lobes, and somehow get transferred to the hippocampus for long-term storage.
As we age, the transfer starts to glitch.
I am boggled by the details my littles can remember – but am also aware that the sheer number of things I need to keep in my head at one time make it very difficult to juggle them all.
For whatever reason, I forget things.
So I am very relieved by the literally hundreds of mentions of the importance of remembering things mentioned in the Bible.
It means I’m not the only one with memory issues…
November 11 is set up as a day to remember – a deliberate attempt to keep the knowledge of what war is really like before our eyes and hearts, so that we don’t repeat the mistakes that have already been made. And very wisely, an emblem was chosen – a red poppy – a visual. Simple. Effective.
An efficient way to draw our attention to something we can’t afford to forget.
In the same way, we need reminders in our spiritual journey. How crucial to remember before we make that fateful decision, take that turn in the path, that God is the ultimate authority. That we are accountable for our choices. That what we do today matters.
Keep it firmly in mind.
Have you set anything up in your life that will jog your memory? Remind you of what is truly important?
A spiritual ‘poppy’?
What one small step can you take today that will set you up for remembering to spend time with God today?
* Make a date on a calendar that sets up a time to be quiet with Jesus
* Dust off your Bible and place it somewhere visible
* Find an app for reading or listening to biblical truth
* Add a reminder jingle on your phone to pray throughout the day
* Make time to talk over spiritual matters with a friend, attend a Bible study, read an article about a spiritual topic of interest
Jog your memory with me?
Father, we are a forgetful people. We need Remembrance Day. We need constant reminders of Your authority and permanence, and our need to spend time with You in order to remain strong for our journey. Bless our memories as we find ways to stay focused on the way of peace. Amen.