I should not need others to remind me at my age, but it always helps. Just like my fourteen-year-old, I easily forget the very things that I hold important and of a high priority. The forgetfulness comes out in obvious ways. I rage against someone who is slow or does not quickly understand my convoluted and complex logic. I express my irritation when a surge in customers creates a longer than acceptance queue. Frustration creates unwanted emotions and expressions that hurt others. My pressure pushes others into actions they might not otherwise take. If only I could live and act like my ideals.
Several people close to me at work are about to move on to other jobs. I wonder if they will remember everything that we have gone through the past few years. Will they remember the lessons learned? Are they going to take something with them that will help them be even better at their job and in their lives going forward?
Even as I muse about the future, I can hear God's Spirit whispering in my ear. “Good friend, don't forget all I've taught you; take to heart my commands.” (Proverbs 3.1) It is true that I easily forget the experiences used by God to help me understand how to experience peace and get the most out of life. If I take the time, I realize that the pain and trauma involved should be adequate reminders, but…
Today is a fresh start. I can make a difference in the lives of people I meet. I will look to reach out and share what God has given to me – the grace, acceptance, and sense of belonging to something that really matters. Life is an ongoing opportunity! Pain and difficulties do remind me of just how powerful God is. They also remind me of the difference just one person can make.
You and I can make a real difference. We know something others easily forget. God loves each unconditionally. God offers each the gifts of mercy and acceptance. We can be His living reminders.