Following are some practical ways to combat spiritual amnesia.
- Think. What are some events that you can look back on as a pile of stones marking a defining moment for you—a moment when God showed His power in your life, when He was guiding you in a very clear way, when He answered a prayer, fulfilled a promise. “I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.” (Psalm 77:12)
- Thank. “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1)
- Tell. Once we’ve spent time remembering and thanking the Lord for the great things He has done for us, the joy of those memories should overflow in our conversations with those around us. In Joshua 4 we find this instruction specifically regarding children: “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’” (Joshua 4:21-22)
- Traditions. Family traditions can be a wonderful way of remembering God’s faithfulness. As you think about Christmas traditions and Easter traditions and birthday traditions and Thanksgiving traditions, be thinking about how you can incorporate ways of telling the stories of God’s faithfulness. A good resource for exploring this further is by Noel Piper entitled Treasuring God in Our Traditions. Specifically with Thanksgiving, another book, and one that we’ve enjoyed as a family, is by Barbara Rainey called A Time to Remember. It’s accompanied by a CD. We usually read and / or listen to this each year around Thanksgiving. It tells the stories of the Pilgrims and their faith and God’s provision for them as they settled in this new land.
- Transcribe. Keep a journal. Write out prayer requests, and then record the ways in which God answers those prayers. When you’re feeling discouraged, look back on those records of God’s faithfulness. A journal can be a great means or recording and remembering.