Our memory only lasts until the next event.
We tell ourselves we’ll never forget but as soon as something new happens, we forget all our history and experience and base our thoughts on this single moment.
When we surrender to following the call of Christ, it means a lot of things… Forgiveness. Mercy. Hope. Future. Change. But following Christ does NOT mean life will be easy or painless.
There WILL be moments that bring confusion and doubt and cloud our vision. There WILL be moments that seem unfair and unreasonable. There WILL be moments that block out the thrill and passion we once felt.
Those are the moments that tempt us to give up on the life that God has offered.
In those moments, there is only one hope for survival… And that hope is found in filling your mind with the Word of God.
- It’s the hope Job had, after losing everything he loved and owned… “Then I would still have this consolation – my joy in unrelenting pain – that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.” (Job 6:10)
- It’s the truth Jesus held, when He was tempted and alone in the desert… “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matthew 4:4)
- It’s the message the psalmist repeated, when he was evaluating his life… “Many are the foes who persecute me, but I have not turned from your statutes.” (Psalm 119:157)
Our memory only lasts until the next event. Unless there’s a Truth that transcends our experience.
Our memory isn’t good enough… It’s based on feelings that shift, change and lie.
So make a habit of filling your mind with Truth… The Truth that will be the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
On January 15, 2010, I shared a post called “What Are You Eating?” that challenges us to re-center our hearts on today, regardless of what yesterday looked like.