Have you seen Finding Dory yet?
If so, maybe you aren’t so surprised to see that I’m writing about it, for the next two weeks, actually. But I’ll try not to spoil it for you. At least not this week.
It is full of lessons about MEMORIES.
There is a grumpy old seven armed octopus named Hank who gives Dory some bad advice. He says, “No memories. No pain.”
But it was Dory’s lack of memory that had caused her problems. Sure there are plenty of things from my past I’d just as soon erase from my mind. Maybe you have one or two as well. Even in those moments we’d rather forget, there are important MEMORIES.
When we find God’s miracles in the midst of our MESSES, we discover the MEMORIES we should hold on to. The moments we should imprint in our minds and sear into our psyches. Just like my story about Dancing with my Daddy, these MEMORIES help us move forward in faith filled with Holy confidence.
Or, as Dory says, “Just keep swimming.”
And Hank could probably have benefitted from a little reminder that while he may have lost an arm, his life had been spared.
Historically, forgetfulness has brought on more trouble and strife than remembering ever has.
It was the Israelites forgetting who God was and what He had done for them that caused them to fear, falter, and eventually fail.
The Israelites witnessed God part the Red Sea and then bring it crashing down over the Egyptian Army pursuing them. After that there was the manna from heaven and the water from a rock. The pillars of smoke and fire and the stone tablets God engraved with the 10 Commandments. I’d like to believe those MEMORIES would be forever etched in my mind.
Yet they still forgot.
As you read Kings and Chronicles you can almost feel the pulsating waves as the kingdoms rise during the reign of faithful kings who remembered the One True God and fall when forgetful, idol-worshipping rulers wore the crown.
Remembering what God has done for us helps us overcome the fear and faithlessness caused by forgetting. Remembering helps us move forward.
So, today I have three tips to help you remember.
1. Read your Bible. Everything written there is for our benefit. Every miracle worked is intended to strengthen our faith and hope for the future. The more we read, the more the Spirit works in our hearts and minds. And the more we remember.
“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
2. Record your experiences. Write down what God has done in your life, how He has answered your prayers, and shown His presence. love, and grace. There are lots of ways to do this. You could keep a journal, a photo album, collect mementos, or make rocks of remembrance. Choose any method that works for you.
“So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.”
3. Retell your testimony. By telling others you not only increase your ability to remember, but you help build a legacy of faith in your community as others see God is still active in the lives of believers. Our stories are not to be kept to ourselves, they are for His glory.
“Only take care and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from our heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children’s children.”
Remembering who God is and what He has done for us helps us become the MASTERPIECES he created us to be as we move forward in faith.
To remember – read, record, and retell.
To see how Dory’s MEMORIES helped her, click here…
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