I am reading and enjoying Trevor Hudson’s book Discovering Our Spiritual Identity. In a chapter on developing a Christian memory, Hudson mentions that Jesus’ mother, Mary, is a great example of someone who had developed a Christian memory. In Luke 2:19 and also in verse 51, it states that Mary “treasured all of these things in her heart” and “pondered them.” Isn’t it wonderful to think that the miracle of Christmas didn’t go by without the mother of Jesus appreciating it and reflecting on it. What a mature thing for a young woman to do, especially faced with the huge responsibility of raising God’s son.
One of my biggest criticisms of modern American Christians is that they possess terrible memories. Every crisis or challenge to their faith becomes another opportunity to doubt and fall back on self or alternatives methods of coping. What we should be doing is remembering all that God has brought us through up until this moment. We should be reflecting on how God has been present in our lives and how we have changed since we first encountered him. Here are three ways to make remembering God’s faithfulness a bigger part of your Christian life:
1. Write it down – Journaling is a practice that I think many Christians talk about but few actually do. My suggestion would be to simply make a list of times that day that you felt that God showed up or that you felt close to God. Spend a few moments each week or once a month to look over your daily lists. Even over a months time, you will be surprised by how often you failed to remember what God had done for you.
2. Make a God album – We have photo albums full of family pictures or scenes from our last vacation but why don’t we make one with images that mark key God moments in our lives? In this digital age, wouldn’t it be welcomed to actually create a book with care and thoughtfulness? To have a real book of pictures and items that remind us of God’s work in our lives. Imagine passing this book along to your kids as a testimony of God’s work in your life. I admit, this doesn’t sound like something that I would do but the thought of its impact for future generations of my family could inspire me to try it.
3. Have an anniversary celebration – I recently talked with a colleague who told me about the time he accepted Christ and how it brought his entire family to the Lord. He told me that the family was getting together to celebrate 25 years of life with Christ. I was struck by this idea and was warmly imagining this family together for no other reason but to celebrate what God had done in their life. Are their spiritual milestones in our own life that it would be good to celebrate on a regular basis?