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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 5: Remember to Forget


REMEMBER those yellow highlighters

that underline those words

that you need to REMEMBER to study

so they stay in your mind.

Oh you go back and keep reading them

until they become part of you

so that you will never FORGET.

Oh how those yellow highlighters can be a weapon

when they underline those things of the past

that you keep reading & reading & reading

so that they become a part of you

but not a good part.

What do you have HIGHLIGHTED that you don't want to FORGET?

What do you have HIGHLIGHTED that no one will let you FORGET?

Is it

~ A wounded heart

~A I wish I didn't do this or that

~A I wish they didn't do this or that?

What if instead

you took a big fat red sharpie

and covered the yellow so that you can

REMEMBER TO FORGET

because that is what GOD has done

the moment JESUS cried out

"IT IS FINISHED"

so that

GOD

REMEMBERS TO FORGET~

"Therefore, since we have now been justified [declared free of the guilt of sin]

by HIS blood, [how much more certain is it that]

we will be saved from the wrath of GOD" (Romans 5:9)

TO FORGET~

"To lose out of mind" (logos)

TO FORGET~

To Remember Not

To not keep Regurgitating

To not keep picking off the scab of a bruise.

TO FORGET~

"forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead" (Philippians 3:13)

Doesn't a clock

REMEMBER TO FORGET

the PAST as it continues to move forward with every tick

as time never stops for anyone.

Tick. Tick. Tick.

Forward motion.

Another second gone.

A second that becomes today's yesterday.

A glorious second

to live in when we

REMEMBER TO FORGET~

Forget the former things; Do not dwell on the past.

See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18)

REMEMBER TO FORGET

because

Dwelling on & Fixating on

THE PAST

inhibits you from facing the future.

Isn’t the future

the unknowns of tomorrow & the “what ifs"

that we fear?

But how do we FORGET something that we did or someone else did~

as doesn't THE PAST

become a part of you & I

because it did happen?

But

dwelling on yesterday

& the day before that

& the day before that

is like going up a down escalator,

as it keeps you in the same place.

You & I can't remove our PAST.

What do you need to say goodbye to that is following you everywhere

infecting the present

because you just can't FORGET?

Can you

REMEMBER TO FORGET

because

of the

ONE who came to

"Heal the brokenhearted" (Luke 4:18)

so that when

you & I look back to

THE PAST

with

JESUS

it doesn't hurt anymore.

REMEMBER TO FORGET~

"I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of

the upward call of GOD in CHRIST JESUS" (Philippians 3:14)

Thank YOU GOD for REMEMBERING TO FORGET~

"Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all HIS benefits—

who forgives all your sins & heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit & crowns you with love and compassion,

who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s"

(Psalm 103:2-5)

Because

HE REMEMBERS & makes

"ALL THINGS NEW" (listen to the song below)


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