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07/08/2009

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Thanks For The Memories


"Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say 'I have no delight in them' " (Eccl. 12:1).

Today's title is a song that became the signature tune for Bob Hope. He used to sing it at the end of his TV shows. It had lyrics, but the tune was so adaptable that he used to change them to fit the times or occasion. Aren't memories a wonderful thing....I believe that they are a gift from God to help us along our life's way. God places a great emphasis on memory and has given us several memorials. In Genesis 9 there is the rainbow...In Exodus 13 the Passover...And of course there is the Lord's Supper of 1 Corinthians 11. The memory of each was given for an important reason.

Today's verse tells us to remember our God the Creator. It indicates that He should be in our memory banks from our early days. Wonderful memories planted by our parents and Sunday school teachers about Jesus last forever. Remembering also helps us to learn from the mistakes that infamous people made in the Bible. The consequences of disobedience are brought into bold perspective in the stories of Lot's wife, Sodom and Gomorrah, and those destroyed by the flood. To Christians who have strayed, Jesus writes to us in the Book of Revelation. ""Therefore remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the deeds you did at first" (2:5). This perhaps is why Ecclesiastes 12:1 is so important. That the memory of God and His blessings are firmly implanted in our memories at an early age.

Memories will tempt us if we look back at sin. (the fleshpots tempted Israel in Ex 16) They will torture us if they are evil as they did Joseph's brothers in Gen. 42. But then there is that memory of a life well-lived that Paul speaks of as he writes to Timothy (2:6-8). He looks back at his life and the memories flood over him. Because he has done his Lord's will, he looks toward "the crown of life" that awaits. As we grow and mature as Christians, the memories should get more and more rich, so that we can say to our Lord, "thanks for the memories."

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