And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things. (2 Pet. 1:15)

REMEMBER! The charge is as old as the book of Deuteronomy: “Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you” (Deut. 32:7).

It is as familiar as Jesus’ words to His disciples in the upper room: “Do this in remembrance of me” (1 Cor. 11:24).

The Bible is a book about remembering. This mandate appears more than three hundred times in Scripture. Much of the Bible calls us to remember, reflect, and consider.

For my family, this summer is filled with special events and time with people who are important to us. It will be a treasure trove of new memories. I want to remember both the individuals and the experiences that will occur.

Whether it’s my granddaughter’s trip to France or my daughter’s wedding, I will build up memories to reflect on God’s goodness. I will store up memories of time with special friends and family and take time to remember that I am part of God’s glorious creation.

Pause to reflect and wonder on God’s hand in your life.

Drexel Rankin is a retired ordained minister who served in Indiana, Alabama, and Kentucky. He and his wife, Patty, live in Louisville, Kentucky.