Several years ago I was given a new journal. I’ve only used about 1/3 of the pages up in three years. I’m terrible about writing down my thoughts on a regular basis.I’m pretty good about doing my devotions most days, and often make note of something that God is teaching me. But after praying about it, it often goes out of my head. How can I make progress if I don’t review what I learned?
There is something about recording and remembering. As I read through the Old Testament, I’m reminded of how many times God has people look back at how He took care of them or the promises that He made to them. He often had them pile up stones so that when they passed by they would remember a covenant. He even used pain, such as “touching” Jacob’s hip, so that he would be reminded of his dream.
God even uses different items to remind Himself! The rainbow that He put in the sky after the flood? It wasn’t for Noah. It was for God. (Check out Genesis 9:13-16).
So if God “needs” reminding, shouldn’t I do the same? Gwen Smith states that when David often looked back too. “His past victories fueled his faith and helped him trust God for his present deliveries.”
I saw this idea recently.Take an empty jar, and each time something good happens throughout the year, write it down and put it in the jar. At the end of the year, dump it out and remind yourself of all the good things that happened throughout the year. Some people keep a notebook, and write down one sentence each day. I’ve already made my jar and plan on keeping track this year.
As we start a new year, we are remembering all the ways that you have supported us throughout the last year. We’ve never gone hungry, we have a good roof over our heads, and we live in a peaceful country. We could write each of your names on a small piece of paper and put it in our “happy jar” because we remember you with fondness.
Thank you! Thank you from the Nigerian Bible translators that we serve. Thank you from the mother tongue translators in Southeast Asia we helped. Thank you from the Christians in a huge Asian country we have worked with. We look forward to serving with you another year.