Memories

Today is Memorial Day.  It is a day to remember those who gave their lives for the sake of our country.  It is also a day to remember loved ones who have passed away. 

Memories can be powerful.

God asked the people of Israel to remember the things He has done for them.  Why?  It is because memories can have tremendous influence on the present.  They can have either a constructive or a calamitous influence on our lives. 

Here are some thoughts about memories.

  • Memories contain experiential knowledge as opposed to logical truth.
  • Experiential knowledge is gained from life experiences. 
  • Logical truth is the collection of non-experiential data.
  • The brain stores and accesses experiential knowledge automatically apart from conscious choice while it stores and accesses logical knowledge deliberately. 
  • Memories are the ever-increasing reservoir of experiential data continually flowing in from the present.
  • Memories can be pleasant and positive or unpleasant and negative. 
  • Memories can be accurate or inaccurate. 
  • Memories can be accessible or inaccessible. 

In Numbers 8, God wanted the people of Israel to remember their experiences of God’s faithfulness.  He was asking them to deliberately store and access logical truth based on experiential data.  He was asking them to retrieve experiential data they collected in their journey and then store them as logical truth.

Perhaps this Memorial Day, we can also pause and remember the things that God has done for us, giving Him praise and glory for His goodness and everlasting love.

Something to think about…