I remember when…… Nobody is interested in “my remember when’s,” but me; so I’ll be careful not to engage in too much of that rhetoric, but the fact is; “remember when’s” are your memories too.
They’re the type things that we talk about when we start getting a little on the “plus” side. Most of my readers are not quite on the “plus-side” just yet, so you’ll not be too concerned about it; but my purpose is to give you a few things to think about, so that your “remember-when’s” will be good memories and not bad ones. I promise you, when you start getting close to the “plus-side,” and after, your “remember-when’s” will be all too often.
“Honey, do you remember when we used to have to get up at 4AM in the morning to start our trip to Disney World? If only we could have a little ones back to do that again.” Then you start getting a bit teary-eyed, remembering these old and wonderful times. So, the caution here, is this: Bluntly said; don’t do things during your life that bring only bad memories; or something that is so bad, that it over-shadows all the good-times that you and your family had in your formative years. As we get older…. Our memories are, sometimes, all that we have left. Don’t ruin it.
VERY-OFTEN, the only difference between a “good memory, and a bad memory,” is the WORD “NO,” and the ACTION “NO.” A simple NO! Don’t be TEMPTED by the APPLE. Don’t let the devil get a “foot-hold.” Don’t think….I’m only going to do it once, then NEVER again….. Once will NEVER be enough. There are a number of things that we can find to get ourselves involved in that are “no-no’s.” Let’s just name a few, if for no other reason than to bring attention to them, or to SCARE the crap out of you so you’ll NEVER get involved in it, or them.
To name a few: drugs (prescription or illegal), infidelity, petty theft (taking, absolutely, anything that doesn’t belong to you), cheating on your tax-returns, cheating on your travel vouchers, cheating on a test, excesses of any kind, breaking codes of law, embezzlement, gambling, pornography, taking bribes, being a bully, murder, and on and on. Then there are the extended sins of the flesh (worldly sins), that are “extensions” of all of those just listed. Extended sins would be those things that we do when we start out doing something thought to be “simple,” and we continue in such a manner, that they become serious flaws of character. ALL of these issues are “life-changing” issues that would indeed, be “bad memories” to have. These issues would be the types of incidents that cause family failure, career failure, social rejection, and serious spiritual weakness. They would cause, even the most focused, to lose focus. It would cause one to live in the past ….for the rest of their future.
It is said in Luke 9:62 – But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” And in Philippians 3:12, it is said: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
… Blessings… cjlb…11/07/14.