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The Importance of Remembrance

Updated on June 1, 2019

How many of you remember your first day in kindergarten, primary, boarding and secondary schools, college; your first paycheck or wedding night? the list is endless. I am sure most of you cannot remember exactly how it went, only maybe a faint memory of it. For some, these memories where great and others trauma. Whatever the reason, it has molded you into who you are today.

On one Sunday service, our pastor said a very important statement which brought mixed feelings from the crowd: remembrance makes us realize that it is surely God that has sustained us through our trials and tribulations. This is what pushes us to repent and have confidence in him. It reminds us not to rely on our strength and understanding but to leave our burdens on him.

In my point of view, remembrance gives us hope for a better tomorrow. Remembering former glories in our lowest moments help us to have faith in things that seem impossible; it helps us to stay focused on our goals. Jenny Foss once said, "when you have done it before,it will help you remind yourself that you can and will weather this one too". This means that when you think of how successful you were in a particular task, you won't be daunted but will have more confidence in yourself to succeed in your present task.

Remembrance can also boost your self-esteem. When you remember how good others have treated you in the past, or the good compliments they passed on you,it jacks up your self-esteem. Picture this: you are in your office, by accident you overhear your boss in the hallway talk about how an excellent employee you are and how he never regrets the day he hired you. How would you feel about it? If I were you, I would be skipping on a rope right now.

Remembrance also helps you to focus on your strengths and weaknesses. If you focus too much on your past failures, you will always feel cast down and defeated; however, if you focus too much on your past successes, you end up becoming pompous resulting in the failure to see danger before hand. Therefore, a balance is needed to help you focus on both past failures and successes in order to improve yourself and move forward.

© 2019 Gigi Gigi


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