Day 7 of 28: Making Peace with Memories

So I’m Still working on that paper that’s due tomorrow. So I Still have to try and make this short.

Who are you? Do you know? Did you know? Do you remember?

You are the sum total of your experiences – being you includes what you are and what you are not. Every day is a new day which means new experiences which also means that new memories are being added to your “black box” (brain) daily. Just imagine if your brain grew every time it stored new information we would all be walking around like this

Memories are powerful things. One  memory is strong enough to elicit the emotions experienced at the time it was made. Depending on the memory you may feel yourself getting excited, angry, or happy all over again.

Most of us enjoy remembering the good times. We don’t mind the memories that make us happy. Especially when we lose a loved one, we tend to use our pleasant memories of them to help us to cope.

But what about the memories that are not so enjoyable? Memories that elicit feelings of sadness, of guilt how do we deal with them? When the memory involves someone else we have to make a decision to give it to God. The Bible instructs us to, “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). One of the characteristics of true love is that love “keeps no records of wrong” (1 Cor. 13:5) Of course that is easier said than done.

Sometimes we relive memories of bad things we did in the past. The guilt from those memories haunt us. It’s hard enough to forgive ourselves much less other people.  When it comes to dealing with memories of guilt the best solution is from 1 John 3:20 “Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything.” We don’t have to walk around haunted by memories of past wrong decisions. We can move forward knowing that God is greater than our feelings. If the God of all has forgiven us who are we to stand in the way of our own progress?

1 Peter 5:7 “Give all your worries and cares [and bad memories] to God, for he cares about you.” God wants you to be free of those memories in your past that are haunting you whether you were the one in the wrong or someone wronged you. Of course it will take some working through. Forgiveness of self and others does not come overnight but it can come. You can trust God enough to release your hurt to him.

Memories are simply experiences we remember. The most important thing we can do with our experiences is learn from them and appreciate the fact that they are forming us into the person that God wants us to be.

Whatever it takes. Make Peace with at least one bad memory today.

Sending out massive vibes of Love & Light.

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