The Joy and Sorrow of Remember...

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

I once heard a pastor say, "Why is it that we forget the things we should remember, and remember the things we should forget?"
That question has been a constant reminder to me of what joy and sorrow remembering can bring.
More then I hear the good memories, I hear the bad, the painful, the ones that led to hurt and suffering. It's funny how we dwell on the very things that send us to our emotional graves. Why is that? Why do we choose to remain in places of anger and hurt? Wouldn't it be better to disregard those memories completely?
No...
We should never forget what we have been through, nor should we allow what we've been through to be our master. We often allow our circumstances to lord over us. We become victims to those who have wronged us; our parents, friends, coworkers, teachers, bosses. Then we spend our entire lives under the false pledge "woe is me" ... We should feel sorry for ourselves and everyone else should too, right?
Wrong...
This is when we have to ask ourselves the question the pastor asked long ago... What should I remember and what should I forget?
Well how about we forget what the easy thing to do is... Forget how sorry you feel for yourself... Forget how taken advantage of you have been... Forget how much of a victim you are... And remember... Remember how you have been redeemed... Remember how you have been able to give, even to those who have taken advantage... Remember how much of a conquerer you have been made my overcoming the hurt and wrongs... Remember that you can forgive ad move forward just as you have been forgiven and allowed to move forward...
Last night I heard a song that took me back. I use to listen to it when I was 17 and first gave my life to God. It was such a difficult time for me because I felt as if I had nobody on my side cheering me on in this new life I had chosen. It could have been easy for me to feel angry that everyone I was close to seemed so distant from me at that point in my life. Instead I was overwhelmed with love and joy. I remembered what The Lord had brought me from and I couldn't help but cry tears of incredible joy. I am a new person, a better, stronger, wiser person. I remembered the hurt and instead of falling victim and choosing anger, I remembered the faithfulness of God through it and was filled with joy and love.
"I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 15:13 NLT)
May we be a people who remember what brings us joy and victory instead of a people who remember what we should forget becoming victims and defeated...

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