Memories are so precious to us in many ways. How many times have you begun a sentence with “Remember when”? Then a special moment in your life is shared, perhaps it is a sad one, or maybe a very humorous one. The things shared change with the particular audience you find yourself with at any particular time.
Sometimes tragedy strikes and brings memories that you may have wanted to forget. Or maybe a smell brings a childhood memory to your mind, sometimes a song that you have not heard for many years is heard again and the lyrics come rushing to the forefront.
The mind is an amazing thing and all of us have many moments in time and stories to tell from our past. God has blessed us all with a mind to remember things. He has asked us to study and know His Word to such an extent that we know and do the things that are taught within its pages. We can bring to our mind the things He desires for us to know and do.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.
The last phrase in this passage carries with it the meaning of meditating or thinking on the things listed. From the list, one can see that these are good and right things to ponder. Things of God in Christ.
Psalms 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.
What is the meditation of your heart? Is it the everyday things of life only? Are you more concerned about the things of the world than the things of God? If so, why is that? May we all seek to know the Bible more and more each day. Read it, study it, obey it, and then meditate on it daily to help us in this life become what the Lord desires for us to be.
Make memories with other Christians, make memories about doing the work of the Lord. Make memories that will bring a joy unlike any other to your mind.
Look at the passage right before in Philippians 4:4-7, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
What is guarding your heart and mind? Something is, that is certain. Something is ruling your heart and mind. Make memories that center around the things of God in Christ. The more you do this, the more your heart and mind can know the peace of God found in the Lord Jesus Christ. Remembering what He has done for us to bring about our salvation is one of the best memories of all. Please share that memory with others.