“For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope”. Romans 15:4 NASB
When we lose a pet our heart breaks. Memories of Christmas toys and treats, road trips, walks, nights spent cuddling, and the many unique habits, personality traits, and quirks of our beloved best friend fill our minds. As the memories hurt a little less, we wonder if we are betraying our faithful friends who loved us unconditionally. We might even bring in a new pet to love but never replace the one your heart aches to see again.
We are told in Philippians 3:13 by Paul that it is a good thing to forget what is behind us and keep looking towards the future. We do not want to get stuck in the past or be bogged down in guilt for past mistakes and forgiven sin. We are told to keep pressing on to the future and becoming more like Jesus.
We are also told to learn and grow from our past. The past shapes us into who we are today and what we will become tomorrow. Each person we meet leaves an impact on our lives. The past is full of lessons learned.
The Bible tells of Old and New Testament hero’s that kept the faith. Words written for our instruction fill the pages so that we have a hope for tomorrow as we follow their example. Deuteronomy 6:7 tells us, “Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up”. We are to pass our memories along for our children and others to know the past. When we read the stories of the prophets of old, the Promised Land, David and Goliath, and many others, our faith is built up and we will push into the future knowing God is able. He will provide. He is with me and will take care of me.
Memories are a part of who you are and what you will become. Pass them on so that others might know the hope that you have placed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. He has seen you through good times and bad times. He was there yesterday and today and he will be there tomorrow. He loves you! Remember that!