Sometimes it is healthy to look backward and retell the stories of your past. What struggles did God bring you through? How have you grown in Him? What fun times have you shared with family or friends? Especially if you are struggling right now, I urge you to look back and remember God’s faithfulness. You will be encouraged and energized to keep moving forward.
Recently, Bret and I got to speak at some Stonecroft meetings and share our story. As we prepared, we remembered details and events of life that brought smiles to our faces – even though we weren’t always smiling when it happened. As we recounted the milestones and shared experiences, it strengthened our relationship and our faith. Look at all we have been through!
God tells the Israelites to do this very thing in the book of Joshua. They had just witnessed a miracle. God stopped the Jordan River, while it was in flood stage, so that all the Israelites were able to cross on dry ground. After everyone was safely on the other side, God told Joshua to have the tribal leaders take stones from the middle of the river and carry them to the other side. They were to erect a memorial on the opposite bank of the river.
“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:6-7, NIV)
God knew they would forget about the miracle as soon as some other problem came up. That’s why He had them build the memorial, so every time they saw it they would remember. And when the sight of it became common, their kids would ask about it to make them remember. It’s sad that we have to almost force ourselves to remember the good things. But, we do it too just like the Israelites.
When good things happen, it is important to memorialize them. Click To Tweet This may be writing in a journal, taking a picture, creating an elaborate scrapbook – or just collecting the stuff in plastic tubs and storing them in the attic, moving them from place to place and talking about creating scrapbooks someday … but no one believes you anymore 🙂 But, I digress.
Life is hard and it is easy to get bogged down by the stresses and frustrations of everyday life. Take some time today to remember the good times, miracles and struggles God has brought you through. This process will help you maintain a healthy perspective and have more energy to keep moving forward.