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Mark Twain's words decorate the all time best T-shirts, bumper stickers and kitchen magnets. His brilliance is especially poignant now that I’ve passed the middle-age marker and am firmly entrenched in the back half of life.
But the back half of life means that my mind—when I can find it—is jamb-packed with memories from that great first half.
Not all memories are pleasant, but they are all evidence of a life well lived. Evidence if only to myself.
Other memories are shared. One of the best and greatest things about being married for several decades is shared memories. Not the ones like, "Yes, I DID remember to pick up the dry cleaning." Or, "Yes, I DID remember to put out the garbage can."
No—those other ones. The taste of ice-cold root beer out of the trunk cooler on a hot Philadelphia afternoon twenty years ago.
Our 4-year old son asking if they call it "Pennsylvania" because they make pencils there.
Our 2-year old daughter trailing Ernie at Sesame Place until he was forced to escape behind the "staff only" gate.
You have your own memories—shared or not shared—that are precious to you.
Today I am particularly grateful for memories. God didn’t have to give us that gift and sometimes, by His grace and wisdom, He gives us selective memory.
When the memory is a good one, we are grateful.
When the memory is painful but a lesson is learned because of it, we are grateful.
When a painful memory is forgotten or seen through the soft filter of time, forgiveness or healing, we are grateful.
A mind is a terrible thing to waste. So is a memory. Treasure it as the gift it is from the amazing God of the universe that He is.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for making our brains function the way they do, so that we are able to remember what is important, even if what is important may seem trivial to others. Thank you for making us teachable through learning from our past. Thank you in advance for the new memories and experiences in this life and in the life to come. Amen.
WHAT ABOUT YOU? Wanna share one precious moment with the world?
****Today's post is part of the Christian Writers blog chain. We're writing about "memory" during the month of August. Please click on the links to the right and see what my friends have to say this month.****