Recall – Remind – Rekindle

Memo with Paper Clip - rememberWhen I think back about my life and my journey of faith, it must include my grandmother, Gladys Greer (aka Mammie). She was a dear lady who loved the Lord and I can still remember her big Bible near her chair in the living room of her house. She studied it often. She had a Bible that was falling apart, but her life wasn’t’ because her deep faith gave purpose and helped her navigate any situation in life. She passed her faith on to my Mom and then to me. I have quite a heritage of faith. I find myself praying for my kids that they will know the Lord. I want them to see the Lord in my life.

The Apostle Paul was writing a second letter to his young protégé Timothy. I can feel the emotional connection between the two. He is connecting Timothy’s journey today with his journey of faith in the past. Check this out…

I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.

Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. (2 Timothy 1:5-7 CSB)

I love the encouragement from Paul. I can take that into my heart and my life today. I need to recall my journey. I need to be reminded of all that the Lord has done in my life. I must daily rekindle the Holy Spirit that is in me. I can be strong and bold as I face challenges in life because I recall, I’m reminded and I’m rekindling the fire that is in me.

I also love the last line of this passage – it’s almost a “because” passage. I can recall, remind and rekindle BECAUSE the Lord has given me “a spirit of power, love and sound judgement”. I’m brimming with confidence because of His Power in me. This perspective shapes and remakes my perspective on everything in my life. I can face any challenge in my life, because the Creator lives in me and lives through me.

I think it’s healthy to revisit my journey often and realize that I’m standing on the shoulders of faith of my grandmother and my parents. I’m also standing on the shoulders of Paul, Timothy, Peter, James and John to name a few. I want to recall, be reminded and rekindle the Spirit of God in my life.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Short Term Memory

 

Don't Forget NoteThe older I get, the more forgetful I become – or so it seems. I do try to exercise my brain daily to try to stay sharp. I do think that my brain can only hold so much information before I starting forgetting some things.

I tend to remember significant events that happen to me and affect me personally. I don’t always remember vividly, but I can have my memory “jump started”. I think the Lord wired us to forget some things. For example, a woman giving birth to a beautiful baby doesn’t usually remember the amount of pain involved in childbirth. It could be because the reward of the beautiful baby. There are a lot of things that I want to remember, no matter how old I am.

Asa was King of Judah for nearly 40 years. He started out really seeking the Lord and following Him. I’m not sure what happened along the way, but he ended up with a memory problem. Check this out…

7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him: “Because you relied on the king of Aram and not on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Aram has escaped from your hand. 8 Were not the Cushites and Libyans a mighty army with great numbers of chariots and horsemen? Yet when you relied on the Lord, he delivered them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.” (2 Chronicles 16:7-9 NIV)

I don’t ever want to forget the good things that the Lord has done for me.

I want to keep a vivid memory of Him rescuing me.

I want to keep my heart fully devoted to Him all the rest of my days.

I simply can’t imagine doing life with the Lord. My thought processes are now wired to think of Him first. I have confidence in Him. I have faith in Him. He has never let me down. He can be anywhere. He can do anything. I’d be a fool not to trust Him. He holds my life in His hand. I don’t ever want to forget that.

Pressing On!

Dwayne

Remember Me

 

There are times when people remember who I am and what I do for a living. Then there are other times when they forget about me. My day job is marketing and sales for consumers who wish to buy or sell real property. I work with lots of amazing people in our real estate company and I get to meet new people every day. I also get the chance to serve people that I’ve known for years and they’ve known me. I really want people I know and have known to remember me when they or someone they know get in a position to buy or sell real estate.

Joseph finds himself in prison after the scandal that involved Potiphar’s wife falsely accusing Joseph. Nevertheless, he is faithful to honor the Lord even while in prison and it shows. He’s given responsibility by the captain of the guard to help watch after the other prisoners. He’s a model prisoner. One particular day the chief cup bearer and baker to King Pharaoh were put into the prison where Joseph was. He built a relationship with them both. Not long after they were put there, the cupbearer and baker both had dreams. Joseph knew that the Lord could give him the meaning of them. Check this out…

9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, ‘In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.’

12 ‘This is what it means,’ Joseph said to him. ‘The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.’

20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 he restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand – 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. (Genesis 30:9-15;20-23 NIV)

In all the excitement of being restored to his original position, the cupbearer forgot about the guy in prison who delivered hope through the interpretation of his dream. Joseph’s position remained the same.

I believe that everyone wants to be remembered by people they know and care about. I see people whose face I recognize and with a little help I can pull up their name and just how I know them. It’s sometimes frustrating to know I know them but can’t remember how I know them. I want to cultivate my memory of people who are a blessing to me and pouring into my family and me. I want to remember with a grateful heart people who encourage me. I know that I need the Lord’s help to cultivate a grateful heart for those whose shoulders I stand on. The people who have been in my life or connected to me for my whole life are very special and I simply can’t forget their contribution to me as a Christ follower and as a grown man. I know that one way I can honor them is to pass the gift they gave me to others.

Pressing On!

Dwayne