Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

July 14, 2010

Memory

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

I have posted over 200 straight blogs.  Each has been a thought or memory.  I keep expecting to run out of these thoughts and memories, but they just keep coming.  Today I have contemplated the matter of memory itself.

Memory is our ability to store, retain, and recall information and events in our life.  Now, I don’t know anything about all this sensory, working, short-term, long-term, explicit memory, or all the terms that are used.  This blog is not on the philosophy of memory or the anatomy of memory; it is just my pondering.

This ability makes it possible for us to remember how to skip, drive a car, our birthdate, a friend from childhood, a trip to the dentist, grandmother’s pudding, and a myriad of other things.  Some memories stand out, while others seem to fade away.  I can’t explain that.  My memory is not always accurate.  I can’t explain that.  But then I don’t have to explain it.  This is not a study of memory, just my continued pondering!

We all have a memory.  Some folks have a better memory than others.  Now, imagination is not the same as memory.  I am probably better at imagination than using my memory.  Imagination is like dreaming, while memory is a record of what has already occurred.  Memories make up our life story!  Our memory is like a diary!

Having thought through all that, I ask the question, “Why did God give us memory?”

James M. Barrie (1861-1937), a Scottish novelist, wrote, “God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December.”  I like that!  What a blessing to have stored in our memory things of the past that gave us joy.  Is that why God gave us memory?  Did He want us to be able to recall certain times in our past?

Remember, this is not a treatise on memory.  This is just my layman’s thinking on a spiritual level.  Here is my primary reason why I believe God gave us memory.  Memory gives wisdom.

Think about it.  Of course, we can list several things, but I believe they could be under the heading of wisdom.  Memory makes possible the ability to learn.  Learning contributes to wisdom.  Our memory makes possible for us to retain facts and knowledge.  And on a spiritual nature, that is important.  We can recall Scripture, times when spiritual excitement and joy was at a peak, as well as times when we know we disappointed God.  Memory can serve us well in evaluating our relationship to Him. 

Memory can give us wisdom concerning what God has done for us.  Certain situations, answered prayer, and His intervention in our life, can all be recalled because of memory.  We are able to remember how He blessed us.  Remembering the past goodness of God will strengthen our faith.

I know that some  would want to interrupt me and remind me that all memories are not good.  What about those bad memories?  How can they give wisdom?  Some of the memories bring back sorrow or hurt.  We are not to be haunted by bad memories.  That is just part of having a memory, however.  I suppose it is accepting a memory of all things, or no memory at all.  Which will we choose?

Some memories  we do not want, do not have to dominate us.  Remember Joseph in the Old Testament?  His brothers sold him into slavery.  That was not a good memory.  However, years later when he met his brothers, he did not recall the pain of that day.  Why?  It is because he had allowed the God of all memory to bring a peace and comfort.  That is the secret of dealing with painful memories.  And don’t you imagine that Joseph had obtained wisdom as a result of that painful day?  He could then recall the bad experience and see God in it.  He said, “God used  it for my good.”  Certainly, he learned much about himself and His Father God.

There are some memories that I would be content to be removed, but it will not happen.  I will choose to recall and be blessed by those good memories.  Most of all, I will ask God to use all my memories for my edification and His glory.  God gave us memory for a divine purpose.  On that, we must focus!  And it can be later in life that God uses such memories to reveal to us more about Himself.  Don’t deny yourself the joy of remembering.  Memory can be such a blessing!

“I will remember the deeds of the Lord.”  (Psalm 77:11)  “He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and compassionate.”  (Psalm 111:4)

Lawson

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1 Comment »

  1. Lawson, this reminded me of the last song on Jennifer’s latest CD, “We Will Remember.” It is one of my favorites. I first heard it several months before hearing her sing it. Our grandchildren love to sing along with her on it:) They love Jennifer’s CDs! Maggie

    Comment by Maggie King — July 14, 2010 @ 7:36 am | Reply


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