Remember the Good
Our minds can remember many, many things. Of course we forget many things too. Sometimes my husband and I try to “make a memory”. We want to do something or talk about something that we will remember years later as something good. Often this involves our kids. Kids grow up fast and we want to remember good times with our kids.
My husband also looks for “perfect moments.” He doesn’t expect to be happy all the time, but he does want to notice when good things happen and remember those things.
Think back over your life so far and remember or bring to mind things that are good to think about. What does it give you pleasure to remember about your life? Can you describe any “perfect moments” in your life?
You may find it easy to come up with good memories from your life. But in case you don’t - here are some suggestions:
Think about childhood - friends, family, favorite toys or places or vacations or holidays, activities, sports, music or something you enjoyed very much.
Think about meals - meals at other people’s houses, meals at your house, meals with guests, meals with family, meals out, celebrations and parties.
Think about people - someone you met and wished you could know better. A friend that you miss. A family member that you were close to.
Think about seasons - good things about winter, spring, summer and fall.
Think about fun things - when you remember having a lot of fun.
Think about deep things - when you thought about the deep things of life and understood something, something that touched you or meant a lot to you, or a conversation that was very meaningful to you.
Remembering what is true about God is very important to Christians. Many, many times we are told to think about good things. Paul the apostle says:
“Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things.” Phil. 4:8
What are some excellent things to keep in mind? What does your mind often think about, when you are not trying to direct it by reading or studying?