It’s Memorial Day, a time to remember all those who gave their lives in battle for our country and it safety and survival. I sincerely hope that people will remember and think about the reason for this holiday, instead of simply using it as a time to grill, go to the lake or the beach or all the kinds of things that are part of life.
It is always vital for us to remember people and things from the past. One of the saddest things that tends to happen in life as people get older, is the loss of memory. Most of the time when such happens, at least at the start, they can remember things that happened many years ago and tell you in detail about those times, but when it comes to what happened yesterday or even earlier today it is a totally different story.
It is vital for our health that we remember the right things. Imagine growing up where all your memories are haunting to you. How do you think it would affect your life? It is usually in remembering our mistakes and seeing the consequences that leads one to change their ways of doing thing.
The Bible says a great deal about remembering. I suspect the challenge Jesus gave to remember his death in celebrating the Lord’s Supper is one of the great commands about memory. If you picture Jesus on the night before he would be executed by the Roman soldiers, and He knows what is coming, he is having the last meal with the disciples when he took a piece of bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to all the people there saying, “This is my body that is broken for you, do this in memory of me.” Then he took the cup of wine that was there for the eating of the Passover meal and said, “This is my blood of the New Covenant, that is shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins, do this in memory of me.” So when Christians gather to take of the communion or fellowship time in taking of the Lord’s Supper we proclaim his death until he comes again. It is to lead us back to the cross which brought us forgiveness of sins.
But what about other commands to remember? Solomon in Ecclesiastes 12:1-2 challenged younger people to “Remember now your creator in the days of your youth before the evil days draw near when you have no pleasure in them.” In youth especially, even though it can happen at any point in life, I can become so engrossed in all that is going on around me that I lose sight of the Creator. It is vital for young people to remember God, to remember He created us in his image and like and gave us responsibility in the care of the whole creation. If you take God out of the picture, we have little motivation to treat others with respect and honor, not even those who paid the highest price for us.Today as you celebrate Memorial Day, REMEMBER Your Creator as well.
We are challenged to remember where where we have fallen and do the things needed to get back on track in our lives, especially when we stumble or fall completely away from God. What will it change in the life of a person for them to remember the mistakes and go about changing our lives? As I look back on all the failures and mistakes of life and at the same time, see how God has delivered me from all kinds of wrongs in life, it changes me. It leads on to repent of past mistakes and failures and it should lead to one determining from here on I will not be involved in that kind of life.
Let’s face it, we live in dangerous times but not many people remember all the things God has blessed us with in our life. Think today for all the people that have changed your life in a good way. If they have gone on to their reward, you might contact some family member to tell them how you miss their loved on. If they are still alive, why not today take the time to call that person and tell them how much you appreciate what they had meant to you in life. It will likely make their day and give them a good start for a week of good things.