VIDEO Hold On to Memories

Posted on  by Joe Rodriguez

Take the ones you love
And hold them close because there is little time
And don’t let it break your heart
I know it feels hopeless sometimes
But they’re never really gone
As long as there’s a memory in your mind

Hold On to Memories” – Song by Disturbed

Lighthouses were built to last. They were made to withstand the fiercest of storms. With the help of dedicated maintenance crews, many centuries-old lighthouses are still standing, but many have also succumbed to neglect and the inevitable calamities of nature such as erosions, earthquakes, and fires. But even so, their beauty can still be appreciated in photographs and/or paintings and the life-saving stories that made them famous can be relived through publications.

Memories! Memories are what keep not only the images but also the emotions of the things we care for alive long after they are gone. Sure, there may be memories of things we rather forget that pop up once in a while, but if we have truly repented/forgiven, accepted, and moved on, they shouldn’t hold us captive to feelings of guilt and/or regret. We must learn to focus more on the memories of things that put a smile on our face and perhaps even a couple of tears of joy and gratitude. God has allowed you and me to live and breathe up until this very moment. And wouldn’t you agree that His goodness and mercies have far exceeded the trials in our lives? If so, we can both echo David’s proclamation in Psalm 21.

“Surely you have granted [me] unending blessings and made [me] glad with the joy of your presence.”

Psalm 21:6 NIV

Better designed and even exact replicas of lighthouses have replaced those that once stood as beacons of hope and safety. Take the Cape St.George Lighthouse for example. After succumbing to erosion and collapsing into the sea, it was rebuilt to its original splendor at a nearby location.

Nothing or no one can ever replace the people and things that have been a loving part of our lives and are no longer present. But God has gifted us with something that will keep them close to our hearts for as long as we live and are cognitive, namely our memory. Among the many things to thank God for, do you thank Him for your mind? The mind is one of the most intricate parts of the human body [Read Fearfully and Wonderfully Designed]. It would behoove us to take care of it by eating right, getting enough rest, reading and meditating on God’s word, taking time to quietly enjoy nature, and by frequently reminiscing on the good ole days.

Granted, as we get older, not only do we start losing our hair, teeth, and skin elasticity [Read “Of Youth And Longevity”], but we also tend to lose our memory (short-term/long-term). Heck, I even forgot where I was going with a couple of thoughts while writing this devotion!

However, most of us will have no trouble remembering some of the fun times growing up (without today’s technology). Things like, jumping on puddles, our first love/set of wheels, and the birth of our first or only child are among the many things that have not only helped shape us into who we are today but whose memories have also served as gemstones that can still soothe mental stresses. And how about the memories of God’s faithfulness? We must acknowledge that without His past providence we certainly wouldn’t have been able to make it this far!

Nothing in this world lasts forever. Every day we welcome becomes a memory in a matter of seconds. Therefore, we should learn to appreciate every minute we are given. And while there are many hurtful memories we need to learn to let go, there are also wonderful ones that we must hold on to dearly. However, in order to hold on to good memories we need to willingly and intentionally make them. No matter the cost! Life is short, let us spend more time creating loving memories. Let us purpose in our hearts to live and not just exist.

Listen to the song below in its entirety. I believe it has a message that we all need to be reminded of regularly.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the life you have given me. In spite of the challenges and difficult times, you have been and remain faithful. Thank you for the good times and the bad times. May my mistakes and unforeseen trials serve as life lessons to make me stronger. I also ask that you guard my mind so that I can cherish and hold on to the memories of the people and things that have brought joy and peace into my life. But most of all, may I never forget the grace (unmerited favors) you have bestowed upon me. Amen!

RELATED SCRIPTURES
The memory of the righteous is a blessing, but the name of the wicked will rot.” – Proverbs 10:7 ESV

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 ESV

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” – Psalm 103:27 NLT

Hold On to Memories

Finding Hope, When Everything Seems Hopeless

FINDING HOPE ON THE ELEVENTH HOUR

Pulling Peter from the Water 

 

Can you really find any hope when everything seems hopeless? Wittier remarked, “The steps of faith fall on the seemingly void, but find the rock beneath.”

The lake was in rage, lashing and clawing like a monster at one little boat. A dozen fellows rowed desperately to escape its fury. But the harbor was three miles away across the raging water. The sea dog could not control the boat. It was a moment of desperation and loneliness. They were in the middle of nowhere. Perhaps the easiest way out for them was to give into the last breath. They wished for a quicker death. Then suddenly they saw a figure appear, right in the middle of the sea. Like a ghost out of the golden gloom and spray, they thought they were delusional.

Photo by Tyler Nix on unsplash

It was out of the ordinary. There were no highways in the sea, no other boats within their vicinity. But someone was walking on the water, treading the waves under His feet like a snarling wild creature. He walked straight across to the boat; they trembled and cringed on each other for dear life. “Take courage!” He said. “It is I, don’t be afraid!” Then he climbed into the boat with them. They were amazed, “how can anyone walk on the water without drowning?” They thought amongst themselves. Before they came out of the frenzy, He commanded the winds to cease.

Like a well – trained pet to it’s owner, the winds obeyed immediately! It was non other than Jesus Christ. He appeared to his disciples at a time of hopelessness. Perfect timing to show the power of God. They witnessed one supernatural event after another. While still at the deep sea, before they could process what had just taken place, another miracle took place, they found themselves at the shore straight away.

Nothing is Impossible with God:

A glimpse into the past takes me on a journey with the disciples. It was a time when life knocked me to the ground. I became an emotional wreck and was scared of life itself. If anyone took a gun to my head, it would be a waste of bullet because l was dead on the inside. I remember longing for nights because people appeared as I’ve always known them. Imaging being so disconnected with the world that you only feel alive in your dreams? Denial had lead to anger and the urge for revenge, then depression and finally acceptance.

“Where do l go next?” I thought to myself. I had some tough choices to make. But before l did, l needed the counsel of some greater authority. I sought wisdom from above, It was at that time of emptiness – when l became one with Jesus Christ. In the same way He appeared to His disciples, He stretched His loving arms towards me and healed my broken pieces. He fully restored my life and gave me a reason to live on. Jesus is real, you don’t need anyone to intervene. Seek Him on your own, you do not need a degree in bible studies to know and understand His message.

Why I’m I saying this? From the book of Exodus, Moses evidently had a speech impediment. Exodus 3:10 says “Moses now said to Jehovah: “Pardon me, Jehovah, but l have never been a fluent speaker, neither in the past, nor since you have spoke to your servant, for I am slow of speech and slow of tongue”. Moses looked for reasons why he wasn’t good enough to deliver God’s message.

In exodus 4:11, God answered Moses, “Who gave human beings their mouths, who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord?

God Is, Was and Always Will Be:

Today, Miracles are taking place the same way. Lives are being transformed in an instant. In the book of John 14:12, Jesus said, ” I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the father.” He’s declaring an amazing truth. You will perform miracles, even greater than He has done! The truth of Christ’s teaching is not only a comforting idea or pious meditation. Jesus taught these principles as a reality for anyone who would truly listen to his word and believe.

Nobody could have said it better than Bryan, “Some skeptics say, “oh, the miracles. One may drop a brown seed in the black soil and up comes a green shoot. You let it grow and by and by you pull up it’s root and find it red. You cut the root and it has a white heart. Can anyone tell how this comes by? How brown cast into black results in green, and then red and white? Yet you eat your radish without troubling your mind over miracles. Men are distressed by miracles in the dinning room – they reserve them for religion!”

Put God First:

“When we put God first, everything else falls into place. Our love of the Lord will govern the claims for out affection, the demands on our time, the interest we pursue, and order of our priorities.”

When you’re difficult situation, remember the disciples of Jesus out in the storm. They witnessed multiple miracles right after they hit rock bottom. The same is true with life, the stars are always shinning but you don’t see them until night time. When at you’re lowest and all seems lost – that’s the moment you’re well seasoned to receive. Your brokenness makes you see beyond yourself and the world around you.

I don’t know the nature of your struggles, your storms may be fierce, but don’t give into defeat. Perhaps you wish for healing of an illness, for you or a loved one. Maybe it is the salvation of a husband, wife, child or grandchild. You could be asking for restoration of a relationship, or financial breakthrough, a new job – or a dream which has yet to pass. I want you to know that you belong to a God of miracles! His desire is to show Himself strong on your behalf. He is the creator of all that is and ever will be. He will not only calm the winds, He will carry you off shore! There is hope for you even when everything seems hopeless.

“It is impossible for that man to despair who remembers that his helper is omnipotent.” Jeremy Taylor.

 

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