MEMORIES! I like hard copy photos. I mean digital photos offer better quality photos than the old film type photos and you can store digital on just about anything electronic today. But there is nothing like pulling out the photo albums and looking back over the life of a family…in-laws and outlaws included; and my wife is good at that. My wife spent some time recently looking through the many, many, many albums she has put together over the years. After all a birthday party with a small family gathering requires that history be revived. So my wife shared some photos along with accompanying stories. She is a great story teller. But sometimes I think the memories are better than what the photos reveal. I really thought I looked better than what the photo reveals sometimes. And if the Rapture doesn’t take all of us out at the same time I have sympathy for the person or persons who have to deal with all those albums. I might mention that at our parties Chuck, our son’s dog, finds crowds at the party not too bad as it provides more opportunities under the table to find crumbs or crayons.
Sometimes, I believe, we Christians spend too much time living on memories instead of dealing with the realities of the present. The good memories of times past, churches enjoyed, relationships developed, and seeing God’s hand working and performing great things can often distract us from the work God has for us today. And we can also let memories of bad things that have happened in our lives keep us from allowing God to do great things through us and for us today. I think the Apostle Paul knew a lot about this dilemma of memories regarding good things in life and bad things in life as He served Jesus. Paul also had a knowledge of the past and the uncertainties of the future. And I think he offered us some good advice as he reminds us that we can’t live in the past and we must move on into the future.
Paul said, “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 3:12-14 NIV). Our circumstances in life change on a daily basis either for good or bad or somewhere in between. Our health, family situations, work situations, and endless other things affect what we are doing today and these events create memories for the future. God has given us this day of life and we may plan the day but the book of Proverbs reminds us, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps,” (Proverbs 16:9 NIV). So let us use this day to honor and serve God and wherever our course takes us today we will have new memories for the future.
("Daily Reflections On God's Word" Volume 1 by Dr. Chuck Davis).