Note to Self

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If you are like me, you’re prone to forgetfulness. Just the other day, my wife asked me to get something for her from the other room, and when I got there, I had already forgotten what I was supposed to be doing. So instead of getting her what she needed, I picked up a book and began to read. Five minutes later, I heard a voice,

Courtney: “Richard?!! Are you okay?”

Me: “Yeah! Why?”

Courtney: “Could you bring me what I asked for?”

Me: “Good gravy I forgot…sure.”

Pretty sad huh? Thankfully, not every day is like this, but I still manage to forget things that should be remembered easily. To compensate for this tendency, I use the incredible invention, “Post-It” sticky notes! At any given time, there are about ten or so of those things attached to my desk, bathroom mirror, or car. And I am very thankful for them.

It seems that often the easiest things for us to forget are those that are the most important for us to remember. Usually, when we move into a new season of life, we become so focused on the task at hand that we forget what God taught us through his Word in the previous season of life. The result is that we end up repeating mistakes and becoming discouraged!

Thankfully, God has provided a remedy for forgetfulness in his Word! It is the Bible’s version of a “Post-It” note and it works! When God was on the verge of bringing Israel into the Promised Land, He commanded them not to forget that He saved them from the hand of the Egyptians (Deut 6:10-12). Then God gave Israel a tool to help them remember. After they had miraculously crossed over the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God commanded Joshua to take twelve stones and set them up in Israel’s camp. After doing this, Joshua exhorted the people:

“Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ then you shall say to them, ‘Because the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off.’ So these stones shall become a memorial to the sons of Israel forever.” Joshua 4:6-7

What this text encourages us to do is to have a visible, tangible object that acts as a memorial to something God has done in our lives or taught us in his Word! For me, every time I look at my college diploma, I am reminded of God’s faithfulness in regard to my financial well-being because he miraculously allowed me to graduate debt free. Remembering His past faithfulness in my finances helps me trust Him to provide for my current financial responsibilities: my family!

So, whether you are going back to school after summer break, starting a new job, or maybe even moving out of the country, I exhort you to take a memorial object with you wherever you go! Attach it to your backpack, put it in your car, or wherever is best for you! It will remind you of God’s faithfulness and might even lead to a conversation with a curious person who needs to know our faithful Lord Jesus.

If any of you already have a memorial object, I would love for you to post it in the comment section below! The more examples the better and I am sure the stories will be encouraging.

Sincerely in Christ,

Richard


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08.14.15

I have a necklace that a friend gave to me as a graduation gift with the word “hope” engraved on it. I also painted a small canvas of the necklace to hang on a wall as a “stone of remembrance” for my college years. God taught me to hope in him for what seemed hopeless. There were so many lessons learned in those days and an intimacy with God that awakened my heart to the desires he had given me for kingdom work. He taught me to hope beyond the mistakes and failures I had made and to trust in the blood of his son.

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