If you have some free time while you are reading this, I want you to do something. I want you to go find a photo album or pull up some pictures on your phone of some of your most cherished memories. Go look at a picture of your child smiling for the first time. Go look at a picture of your old friends laughing. Go look at a picture of you hugging your mom and dad. As you remember these moments, does your heart swell with love? Elijah is only a year and a half old and I love looking back at his newborn pictures. It makes my heart fill up with love for my son when I see those sweet memories. Now, does this mean my heart wasn’t full of love let’s say when I am working and not taking time to remember these moments? Have I forgotten how much I love him when my heart isn’t feeling like this? Absolutely not! Yet, there is something healthy that stirs the affections of the heart by intentionally dwelling on those memories that remind you of your love.
In the same way, as a believer I doubt you have many moments where you would deny the love that God has for you. But many times we can get so busy and stressed that we fail to take time to just fix our eyes on Jesus and let it minister to our hearts. The Israelites celebrated Passover and had many other feasts and festivals to constantly remember and celebrate all that God had done. As believers, we celebrate Christmas and Easter and regularly take communion to constantly remember all that Jesus has done for us. We so easily get distracted or forget sometimes that it is healthy for us to set aside time just to dwell on these things.
I try to keep encouraging notes I have gotten and every so often I will go back and read them. Funny thing is that I never think to myself, “Oh I’ve read this before. I can throw it away now.” Reading loving words from family and friends continues to encourage me again and again. Just like how I don’t scroll to my first picture of me holding my son and think, “Oh I have seen this one already.” It’s beautiful every time I look at it. God’s Word isn’t information to be absorbed and move on, but rather it is a living, active letter of love to a wayward people who don’t deserve it. So please don’t grow numb to those familiar passages. I hope every time you read about how this perfect, awesome, loving God gave His own Son to save a ruined sinner such as yourself that your heart swells with love and adoration. Form the healthy habit of remembering the goodness of God constantly.
It’s a joy to serve with you all,