We forget things quickly. Whether it’s a sunny day at the beginning of spring, long-awaited chat with a friend, kind word from a partner or good time with friends it’s amazing how easy they’re erased from our memory. On the other hand, bad days seems to be going on for ages and bitter taste they leave us with, is hard to get rid of.
Ironically, our human nature loves to concentrate on failures and bad days rather than remembering the good things.
When things are going well in our lives we praise God and walk around saying how good He is but as soon as something doesn’t go according to our plan or expectations, we blame Him for every little thing.
When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
Your favour, O Lord, made me as secure
As a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
Psalm 30:6-7 (New Living Translation)
Does it sound familiar?
As soon as the clouds cover the sun we forget how beautiful the day was just few minutes ago. Also, as soon as the clouds of everyday routine and boredom appear, we immediately forget the time we had with our friend the day before.
I’m the first one to blame. I’m on cloud nine when things go the way I want but I fall in a dip of despair as soon as they’re not. Recently, my baby was sick and I had to stay at home with her for a week. I didn’t have a chance to chat to many people throughout that week and on Friday I was completely drained, unhappy and definitely didn’t remember wonderful things I was doing only a week ago. I’ve learnt my lesson – to remember the good things for longer, because the bad don’t last forever and to stay close to God whatever the circumstances.
It takes us long time to climb up the mountain and seconds to fall down into the valley but we focus on the latter. When a little wind blows in our life we’re shaken like it was a thunder storm. Good memories are quickly forgotten though they’re our anchor in the time of need – something to hold on to.
Memories of good times fade away quickly, because we don’t cherish them. After one good thing we quickly pursuit another one. Keeping good memories alive helps to be more thankful and positive.
It’s true that if there aren’t many good moments in our life the memories become blurry and it’s hard to hold on to them. But it’s worthy, even if you were to hold on only to one memory.
Today, concentrate on good things in your life, even if it’s a lovely meal you had a week ago remember it for long.
What are good things in your life? What do you hold on to when the times get hard? Have you got an overcomer story to tell? Share your thoughts in comments.
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