Church of Christ
Mission USA
By Perry Sexton

      Memories are so very precious, at least some are.  It is just a matter of fact that time is fleeting and those precious moments with grandparents, etc. (for many of us) are now just faded memories.  We often pine to go back, if but for awhile, but as reality has it, we cannot.  All we have left are the memories and perhaps some faded pictures which enhance the memories.  Even briefer, it seems, was the time we had with our children while they were young. 

      To all I would advise make good memories.  As I used to say on occasions, “These are memory making experiences.”  To the young, if you still have grandparents living, cherish those moments with them.  There is, prospectively, more time to be with your friends than with your grandparents.  But most of all "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…" (Eccl. 12:1).  To young parents I also speak with experience, it is hard, it may seem, to make time for your children to do those special things that make for good memories.  But remember, when the time is past, it is forever too late!  To grandparents, by now you have no need to be reminded of the fleeting time and precious memories.  I exhort you to strive to be outstanding Christian examples to both your children and grandchildren realizing the memories you are making for them of righteousness and setting the example for them to follow.  Consider the godly grandmother Lois: "When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also" (II Tim. 1:5).

      Then there are memories that we have made, or others in our lives have indelibly printed in our minds, that we wish, first of all that they had never happened, but we cannot change the past.  We can and should learn from the past and strive to live better in the future.  Being unable to go back and correct our errors and sins of the past, the next best thing would be for all to forget them – having been repented of.  Though God and others do forgive often it is hard for us to forget – they can haunt us for the rest of our lives.  Hence, another good reason for young people to guard their souls and reputation (Prov. 10:7). 

      Of course we should remember our Lord’s great love for us in dying for us (Luke 22:19) and long to see Him (Rev. 22:20).  We should love sound brethren and as Paul said: "I thank my God upon every remembrance of you," (Phil. 1:3). 

      Oh if we could only go back and make good the bad memories, but we have the future to make good memories and most importantly, to be remembered favorably of God (Psa. 25:7; Psa. 103:17-18; Psa. 106:4).  Remember and forget not the words of life (I Cor. 15:2).  Living a righteous life will make for a far better life on earth, with far better memories, and for a glorious future in Heaven.  Memories are heightened in Christian families and associations knowing of the great hope we have of being reunited with those loved ones in the great land of no more goodbyes.  Are you and your family faithful servants of God?  ♥