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Stories of Lives Liberated

What You Remember

History is all about facts and dates:

  • The American Civil War: 1861 to 1865
  • WWI: 1917 to 1918
  • WWII: 1941 to 1945
  • Vietnam: 1953 to 1975
  • Afghanistan: 2001 to present

On a hot July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.  John F. Kennedy, the first Irish president, was assassinated November 22, 1963. The Minnesota Vikings won their first Super Bowl February of 2015. (Okay, so maybe the Vikings winning the Super Bowl is not history yet (or realistic)  but one can hope!

Every date has an association;  every date has a memory.  People have memories.  We remember a lot, a lot more than we are actually able to recall, or a lot more than what we actually want to. We remember dates; and it seems the more traumatic the event, the more likely we are to remember it.

While it’d be hard to recall the happiest day of my life or the date something amazing happened, I could easily recall the month and year to the tragedies I’ve faced.  (e.g. the loss of close loved ones, my parents’ divorce, etc.)

Why is that?

“On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate” (Psalm 145:5).

What would it be like if we could all focus on the good instead of the bad? What if we meditated on all our answered prayers rather than our unanswered prayers? If we remember the dates of our child’s first step instead of the death of a loved one, then how much different would our lives be? We spend far too much time soaking up the bad and meditating on our tragedies, especially ones from our past.

We don’t have to forget the bad or the painful things that happened in our lives, but we certainly don’t have to dwell on them either.

“Do not be conformed to this world any longer, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).

Christ in us. we have the power to transform the way we think about our trials, our pasts, our future and our current circumstances. Let us not conform to the thought processes we used to have. Let us not take the easy way out and mediate on the bad; but daily, let us challenge ourselves to focus on the good. Let us challenge ourselves to meditate on God’s glorious splendor, the blessings He has brought into our lives. Let’s allow God to transform our lives through His written Word and His indwelling presence. I challenge myself as well as you, to allow Christ’s blood to be real enough and big enough to transform the way we think. Let’s be liberated.

 

Words are not just a passion, it’s a way of life; like eating food or drinking water, so some people have such a need to write or sing or draw. For Katie it’s writing. With no greater desire in life than God, nature, people, horses and writing, Katie will ‘attempt’ to write- always- with the intent to fulfill what she believes God has put on her heart. To Him alone be the glory.