This Week's Article
How Can We Forget?
By Colly Caldwell
“I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:15-16).
“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy” (Philippians 1:3-4).
As I get older, I seem to forget more. That is really sad because I have always forgotten too many things I should remember. If it is getting worse, I am in deep trouble. Lynda will have the most fun telling you all about my “forgetterer” but I have learned to laugh with her because her jokes about that are all true. At least most of the things I forget are things we can laugh about, less important things we can get over.
What are the things you are most apt to forget on any given day? Your keys? Your computer password? Where you left your glasses? Sometimes, what we forget really is important: at least to ourselves. Why would we forget that? Probably we did not pay close enough attention to it in the first place. Maybe we were distracted and were not “living in the moment.” Perhaps we were rushed and stressed.
I got to thinking about this because of an item I saw this week from the TSA. Before Covid when air traffic was at its height, the Transportation Safety Administration reported that each year Americans leave behind in the bins approximately one million dollars in loose change while passing through to the airport gates. The TSA representative said that typically people are so stressed, rushed, and distracted that they don’t remember to look around to be sure they have all their belongings. They put on their shoes, grab their bags and run to their planes.
Paul did not want the members of the Ephesian church to forget him. Much more, he did not want them to forget how thankful he was for them and for their faithfulness to the Lord. He had not stopped remembering them and giving thanks for them. So he wrote them a letter to remind them. He also wrote one to the Philippian brethren telling them of his appreciation and love for them.
A lawyer in Pasadena, California, named John Kralik wrote a little book that he entitled A Simple Act of Gratitude. He had gone through a terribly difficult time in his life. Out of shape. Loss of clients. Divorce. Bankruptcy. A real downward spiral. When he hit bottom, he reexamined his life. One evening, alone, he realized that he had not appreciated what he had. Neither was he grateful to the people who had been a blessing to him in earlier days. So he made a promise. He would write a thank you note to one person every day for the next year. He kept his promise. His life changed. His relationships became increasingly more fulfilling. He left behind his negative attitudes. He noticed dozens of reasons to be thankful. His entire mindset was altered and his life improved exponentially.
No doubt, Paul did not write a letter a day, but the letters he wrote indicate two great things about his attitude toward the believers: he remembered them and he was thankful for them. He wanted them to know that he had not stopped giving thanks for them and remembering them in his prayers.
Have you stopped to think about how amazing our church is. It’s mission is clear in the minds of every member. We are here to assist in the spread of the gospel. We influence others in our personal lives and we give to support the preaching of the gospel to others. We try to take care of our needy and we attempt to edify one another by being here for worship and by encouraging one another. We have a growing congregation with five elders and six deacons. We have a mix of workers and faithful members who are dedicated to live as Jesus Christ would have us to.
And think about this. Once we have come into Christ, we have become brothers and sisters with people all over the world in every nation, language, race, and culture that have also obeyed Jesus Christ. What a family. Lynda and I have walked into church services in so many places and been received as one with those we have never seen before but with whom we share spiritual relationship that offers love and fellowship immediately. How can we forget to be thankful for that???