The things we should forget – and remember

WND StaffBy Greg Laurie WND News Center

Exclusive: Greg Laurie notes, we store millions of bits of information in our memory banks

We would be hard-pressed not to know that we’re celebrating Mother’s Day this weekend. Certainly, marketers have made sure that we know this is the day we need to take mom out to lunch or buy her flowers or give her a gift.

I don’t say this critically, because if any group deserves their own day, it’s certainly mothers. But there are businesses that want to ensure we remember it.

Memory is an amazing thing, really. Through memory we can be instantly transported to our past. And interesting things can trigger a memory, such as a song, a photograph, or even a certain scent. For instance, a whiff of Coppertone lotion transports me back to the ’50s. That’s what memory can do.

Scientists tell us that we have an astounding capacity to remember and that we never really forget anything. We store millions of bits of information in the memory banks of our minds.

And as the years pass, I find that memories begin to accumulate. Now I begin a lot more of my sentences with, “Hey, remember the time when …?”

While some memories can remain so vivid and clear, others can become quite fuzzy and distant. I’m amazed at how I can’t recall the names of people I’ve known but haven’t seen for a while. I can remember things about them as well as the names of their children, but I can’t think of their names.

There are things stored in the data banks of our memories that have grown somewhat dormant, and they need to be rekindled and refreshed. I think that’s why the Bible reminds us of some of the basics of the Christian life.

Check out Greg Laurie’s books and movies in the WND Superstore

In 2 Peter, for example, we read that we need to have faith, be longsuffering and love others. And then Peter writes, “Therefore, I will always remind you about these things – even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth you have been taught” (2 Peter 1:12 NLT).

In other words Peter was saying, “I know you know these things, but I think I need to refresh your memory.”

Sometimes I’ll think of something in the morning, so I’ll tell myself, “Make a mental note. … Remember to call this person. … Remember to pick this up.”

In the same way, it’s important to remember what God has done for us. Although we may have forgotten him at times, God has never forgotten us. The psalmist wrote, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand!” (Psalm 139:17–18).

Can you imagine that? Think about when you’ve been to the beach and how much sand you unintentionally bring back. It’s on your beach chair and your towel. It’s in your hair. But that’s only a little of what’s back there at the beach – one of many beaches on the planet.

God is saying, “My thoughts toward you are more than the grains of sand.” That is how much God thinks about you as an individual.

One of my favorite Scripture passages is in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah, where God says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (29:11 NKJV).

I’d be glad if God had just said, “I know the one single thought that I thought about you 35 years ago.”

0 0 votes
Article Rating
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments