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I Just Don’t Remember

We are bombarded with information every moment of the day.  As a result, our retention rate is diminishing.  When we are constantly “up-loading” information, it is very difficult to remember every specific detail about every topic or conversation.  Invariably, we will be asked about “that one specific detail” from one conversation that we just don’t remember.  It did not seem terribly important in the flow of facts when we heard it.  So, we just did not retain it.  The result is that we find ourselves and others saying more often, “I just don’t remember.

Do you remember these names below and do they stand out to you in any way?

Glenn Campbell (1936 – )                                Pat Summitt (1952 – 2016)

Perry Como (1912 – 2001)                              Charles Bronson (1921 – 2003)

James Stewart (1908 – 1997)                          Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004)

Charlton Heston (1923 – 2008)                        Norman Rockwell (1894 – 1978)

Rita Hayworth (1918 – 1987)                           Sugar Ray Robinson (1921 – 1989)

You might say that all of those names are famous people that made a great mark on America through their ability to entertain or fascinate us.  That is true. But all of these people listed above all battled Alzheimer’s at the end of their lives.  Their lives were radically changed because their memory was greatly affected.

A new study shows that our brains are actively making us forget unimportant details, and that if it didn’t, we’d probably go insane.  We need to “forget” some things just as we are responsible to remember so many other things.  The Bible reminds us that we are to “remember the Lord”, “remember His mercies that are new every morning”, and “remember what great things He has done for you”.   God tells us that when He forgives us he “removes our sins to be remembered against us no more”.  When we repent, He willfully chooses to treat us as “justified” and covers our sin through His redemption which results in our being “cleansed of all unrighteousness”.  That means in God’s eyes, a genuinely repentant sinner receives the greatest of all pardons…God chooses to willfully forget our rebellion because we trust in the righteousness that covers us because of the crucifixion and resurrection of His Son and our Savior!  So, how does that affect how we live our lives?  Here is a good model to follow….

Forget each kindness that you do as soon as you have done it.

Forget the praise that falls to you the moment you have won it.

Forget the slander that you hear before you can repeat it.

Forget each slight, each spite, each sneer, whenever you may meet it.

Remember every promise made and keep it to the letter.

Remember those who lend you aid and be a grateful debtor.

Remember all the happiness that comes your way in living.

Forget each worry and distress; be hopeful and forgiving.

Remember good, remember truth, and remember heaven is above you.

And you will find, through age and youth, that many will love you.  (Copied).