My whole life I have been a big proponent of not looking back on the past, but instead focusing on the future.  I know we are to learn from our mistakes, but we can’t change the past – just move forward.  While I believe this is generally a good approach to have, it’s also important for us to take time and reflect on the past.  I think the main reason we are reluctant to look back is that we sometimes remember all the wrong things and forget all the right things.

I often stare at a picture of my grandparents from when they were first married.  This snapshot in time captures a certain glow on their faces and a bright countenance surrounding them.  I only knew them when they were much older, but the toils and strains of life had not yet reached them in this photo.  Although life had worn them down and their outer appearance was much different when I knew them they still had a lot to give. 

2 Corinthians 4:16

16For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The inner strength and life experiences they relayed to me continue to shape my life today.  They have since gone on to be with the Lord but they still talk to me today.  Death ends a life, but not a relationship. 

Remembering is important to Jesus.  While the Lord was made flesh and dwelt among us He worked many great and wondrous miracles, but one of His last acts on Earth was instructing the Apostles to remember Him.

Luke 22:19

19And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.

So what is it that we need to remember?  Well, remembering God’s faithfulness in the past allows us to trust Him in the present.  Moses gives us a great example of remembering God’s faithfulness.  When the Israelites were concerned about overtaking the inhabitants of the promised land Moses told them to be not afraid and to remember well how the Lord delivered them out of Pharaoh’s hand.

Remembering God’s faithfulness in the past also helps direct our actions in the future.  The decisions we make today determine our memories for tomorrow.  Let us not forgot all the wonderful things our Father has done in our individual lives.  We are all blessed beyond measure – let us hold fast our profession.  Thank you Lord God!! 

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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  • This was a wonderful post, especially after hearing recent sermons and our good long visit with the Church on Sunday. Good things to think on and remember.

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