Dear Younger Me,
Today I want to encourage you to remember.
As you look back over your life, you will gather many memories and, just as for everyone, there will be quite a variety – joy and sorrow, laughter and pain, celebrations and struggles…
Not all of them are pleasant, but all of them are important, because they are part of the story God is writing. They are part of what has shaped you into who you are today and what will shape you into who you will be in the future, and God can take all of them, even the painful parts, and work them together into something beautiful.
There is a particular set of memories I want to encourage you to hold onto – memories of times when you’ve seen God particularly work in your life. Moments of breakthrough, answers to prayer, times when God speaks unmistakably – hold onto these because they will build your faith for the future.
Just as Joshua and the Israelites took stones from the River Jordan to build a memorial celebrating God’s faithfulness in leading them to the Promised Land, find ways to remember the special moments in your life.
Write down stories of what God has done, tell others, create visual reminders…
It’s so important because these are the things that will sustain you when it gets hard. Looking back and seeing tangible evidence of God’s work in your life will boost your faith and give you strength to persevere.
God can also use them to encourage others in their own situations, so be sure not only to remember them for yourself but also to share them with others.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things.” (Psalm 103:2-5 NLT)
Many of the special moments I hold to are in the future for you. I’m so excited for you to discover what God has in store. Just be sure to hold onto those moments, and never forget!
This post is part of “Dear Younger Me…” – a series for Write 31 Days in October 2019. Each day I am basing my writing on the one-word prompt provided. Today the prompt is “memory.” You can find an introduction to the series and an index of all the posts here, and you can find out more about the challenge and check out other people’s series here.