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Forget Things That Don’t Matter

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Café Menu for Tuesday, November 3, 2015
Today’s Special is: Remembering is NOT always a good thing!
Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Jill Beran
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Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal of the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14 NASB

Entrée:

You remember everything!

…my friend responded as I recited the ages and birthdays of her children.  There are things I forget, but quite often she is right - God has blessed me with a good memory.  When it comes to birthdays, commitments and my grocery list this skill is a good thing.  It’s even better when I use it to hold onto God’s Promises and Truth.  In Scripture, the people were commanded to remember.

You shall remember all the way which the LORD your God has led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

Deuteronomy 8:2 NASB

Remembering is good, important and necessary, but there are some things I need to forget.  Perhaps you do too?  Things like words spoken against me, actions that wronged me and past sin that God has forgiven.  I also need to forget the score I sometimes keep in marriage, the memory of how others hurt me and the record of my kids’ wrongs.

Remembering these things, and others like them, only lead to bitterness, anger and pain.  These memories affect my thinking and my actions, my words and even God’s work.

In these moments, when we are tempted to cling to something we need to overlook, we must remember Paul’s words to the Philippians.  When our remembering keeps us focused on the past and paralyzes us from moving forward, it’s not a good thing.

God created us for relationship and He continually wants us to grow closer to Him.  Friend, let’s remember His goodness, faithfulness and grace, but forget the little things that don’t matter and remember the big things that He has forgiven!

Take Out:

Stop and write down the first five memories that come to your mind.

Are they things that are good to remember?  Are they situations God wants you to forget?  Pray over them and ask God to help you remember what He wants you to remember and forget what He knows you need to forget.

Dessert:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the mind You’ve blessed me with - one that thinks and is able to remember.  Lord, I’m grateful for the memories You have given me - fun with friends, moments with my family and of my relationship with You.  I also know there are things I remember that I need to forget… show me what those are and then clear them from my mind.  Help me let go and press on!  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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© 2015 by Jill Beran.  All rights reserved.

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2 Comments

Thank you so much for this beautiful teaching, Jill.  I found the exercise regarding my first five memories really revealing.  It's so interesting to see what lives at the forefront of my mind and heart.  There are definitely things that I need to forget, and I'm realizing my need to bring these to the altar.  Praising God together with you for the beautiful memories He's blessed us with .. and for His finished work on the cross for all the things we need to forget.  Much love and gratitude xo

"When our remembering keeps us focused on the past and paralyzes us from moving forward, it’s not a good thing."

Jill, this is a GREAT checkpoint that I will use.  My mind easily obsesses on things that keep me from moving forward.  Thank you for your encouraging wisdom! I love you girl!

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