I’m so bad at remembering. For the past few years, I’ve been stewing over how/what to create to help our family remember things that God has done. In case you hadn’t noticed, remembering is a really big deal to God. All throughout the Scriptures, God tells His people to remember what He has done — for a lot of reasons. And a lot of the festivals / feasts were about remembering God’s salvation.
Anyway, I think I’ve found a little memory-mechanism for our family and I want to share it with you in case you want to do it, too. It started with a little box my sister-in-law gave me for Christmas of 365 index cards, labeled simply with a month and date, one for every day of the year. In the small lefthand column, you write the year. In the larger righthand column, you write the memory. I’ve designated this box specifically for remembrances which fall under the category of “Today salvation has come to this household.” (It’s what Jesus says in Luke 19:9 to Zaccheus when He goes over for dinner and Zaccheus has a radical heart and life change.)
Salvation in the Bible is most often sótéria and means: welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation, safety. Its verb form is sózó and means: to save, heal, preserve, rescue. Anytime I can remember or anytime I see now that God is bringing salvation to our family in any of these ways (physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually), I write it down on a card under the proper date. (Sad to say, I know that I simply don’t see the large majority of the ways God is working… I can’t wait to see what this box will look like on the New Earth, properly filled in by God Himself.)
One other thing I record are people who God has used to bring sótéria to our family and lives. (They are recorded on the date of their birthday since there isn’t usually one, single, exact date on which God used them…plus, I like to think of God thinking of me on their birthday — and the blessing that they would eventually be to me.)
Well, what do you think? Do you do anything like this to remember important things??