Our Forgetful Self
We have been created in the image of God. We are also to live in that image, keeping our eyes turned toward HIm for renewal and reminder of what our true identity is.
But, we are forgetful creatures. Our identity leaks, and so often we are lead astray by a world that focuses on “what have you done for me lately” as proof of loyalty. As a result, our eyes look elsewhere for our sense of identity to be filled; looking to roles, results, and relationships to define who we are and why we matter.
God knows about our propensity toward pride; it is not a mystery to Him. That is why in the Bible, there are repeated commands to ‘remember’.
If we are going to take captive our thoughts and create a narrative of truth about who God is and who we are, we must commit to remembrance.
This is an intentional discipline and requires repeated practice. In order to deny our self, we have to affirm God. Here are some suggestions to practice the discipline of remembrance:
- Recall what God has done.
Take time to reflect. Maybe this becomes a daily occurrence of examen, noting how you noticed God working in that day. Or maybe it is a time of quiet meditation on your history. God is at work in all our lives. You are following Jesus for a reason, put yourself back in that time and remember why. On those days when your circumstances are trying to drive a wedge between you and God, remember Jesus. His life was given for you. It all starts there.
- Create a Remembrance of what God has done.
After this Israelites crossed the Jordan, God had them create an altar of 12 stones so they would remember and tell their children what God had done. We celebrate communion and take in the bread and cup in remembrance of Jesus sacrifice and resurrection.
I like to write as a remembrance. Then I can go back and reread. Journaling is a great discipline for me. It may or may not be great for you. I have other friends who paint. Do something to help you remember. In times of distress, these things will help you turn your eyes in the right direction.
- Repeat what God has done for you.
This may be the most important step. Making it part of the renewal of your mind. Taking these truths and substituting for the lies and accusations the enemy will hurl your way.
- Tell your Relationships what God has done.
Read Psalm 78 as an example of the importance of telling. This is one of the ways we build each other up. Helping our brothers and sisters when their faith is down. This is also a way we pass on our faith. Reminding our children and those who don’t believe of the reality of God in our lives. This is a vital part of community and family.
How can you begin to make the practice of remembrance part of your spiritual disciplines?
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