One of my favorite things is to hear our children sit around our kitchen table and rehearse the things they did when they were younger. To hear each person’s unique perspective of what has happened is really interesting. My wife and I have also learned about a number of things we had no idea happened when we were not around. I guess they assume that because they are married the statute of limitations has expired on us disciplining them. Seriously, it is so great to hear all the things that have shaped and molded our children’s lives to make them what they are today. There are sweet memories and there are some not-so-sweet memories as well.
The writer of Proverbs said, “The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot” (Proverbs 10:7). Memories can either be a blessing, or something that haunts us. There are certainly bad memories that each of us has about our past. There are also a multitude of good memories for the person who is a child of God. We are living in a time when people are encouraged to pull up every bad memory they have ever had and blame others for negative things that have happened. They become slaves to dwelling on those things for the rest of their lives. Somehow we have been led to believe that blaming someone else for all the negative things in our lives frees us from any responsibility for our actions today.
This verse is a blessing to me because when I look back over my shoulder to the things that have happened in my past, I see many wonderful memories. My dad and mom built a home out of love, respect and joy. They did that by building our home on Bible principles that created a safe environment for me to be raised. When discipline was needed, I received it (for which I am extremely grateful). When we needed to decide what we would believe, and what the standards would be for our home, we opened our Bible and tried to obey what we read. We were in no way a perfect family. We made many mistakes as a group and individuals, but we continued to use the Bible as the compass for our lives. Because of making the Bible our foundation, we were spared a great deal of “bad” memories.
I want to close today with this thought … regardless of where you or I have come from; today is a wonderful day to begin making good memories for ourselves and our families. Trust God today and follow His direction for good memories for tomorrow.
“When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace.” – J. Lubbock