We all have good memories and bad memories. Sometimes we dwell on those memories for the wrong reasons. We think over and over again on the bad memories and drive ourselves insane with what we could have done differently to make the outcome better. We focus on good memories to pump ourselves emotionally. Remembering things is important. God expects us to remember. However in Psalm 63:6 – 8 God gives us instructions on the best way to use our time to remember things:
“6 When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. 7 Because You have been my help, Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice. 8 My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.”
David was on the run from King Saul when he wrote this Psalm. He was hiding in the wilderness. His life was in shambles. His family’s lives were at risk. He spent his time thinking about what God had done. He realized that God had been his help all that time and that He should stay faithful and rejoice in what God is doing.
Like David when we have free time, we are to focus on God. For example, many of us have trouble falling to sleep. We are consumed with the stresses of our day at work or in our family. That’s a great time to think on the character of God. We can spend time remembering the stories we have read or learned out of the Bible about God and His people, we learn about how God thinks and works. We see fellow believers struggling with issues and learning to hear God and obey. We see God responding to needs and providing. We realize that we are not alone and God is there for us. We, too, can rejoice in what God will do in our lives knowing that He love us.
So, start changing some of your thinking habits. Get in the habit of remembering what God has done for those in the Bible and what God has done for you and your family during your lifetime.