Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PRESSING MEMORIES

Greetings and Salutations those who remember....


One of the top ten favorite Elvis Presley songs for me is MEMORIES.  Back in 1968, Elvis had a Christmas special that came to be known as THE COMEBACK SPECIAL.  Elvis had not been on stage performing live in ten years.  He had been lost in a maze of movies and movie soundtracks and was about to return with a vengeance dressed in a black leather jumpsuit.  After a raucous and rowdy session of rock and roll...Elvis sat at the edge of the stage and sang MEMORIES.
MEMORIES


Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine
Quiet thoughts come floating down and settle softly to the ground
Like golden autumn leaves around my feet
I touched them and they burst apart with sweet memories
Sweet memories
Of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilights trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you
Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine
Memories, memories
Of holding hands and red bouquets
And twilights trimmed in purple haze
And laughing eyes and simple ways
And quiet nights and gentle days with you

Memories, pressed between the pages of my mind
Memories, sweetened through the ages just like wine
Memories, memories, sweet memories, memories



THE PROBLEM WITH MEMORIES


Memories can be GOOD...BAD...or UGLY.  The problem is...when the memories don't become sweetened or softened with time...but be bitter and hard and calloused.  We have talked in previous Ruminator Ramblings about the makeup of human beings...being spirit, soul, and body.  The spirit being the core of who we are...and the place of communication and intimacy with the Creator of the universe.  Without the Lord...the spirit becomes a dark place void of His Spirit.  The body is the housing or carrier for the spirit/soul and is made up of flesh, blood, bones, etc.  It is the SOUL...the place of our mind (what we think), our will (what we freely choose) and our emotions (the gauge of feelings).  From the point of when we are born into this world (via leaving the womb)....and the point of when we leave planet earth...by being planted into the earth (aka a grave)...our EXPERIENCES will be a combination of GOOD...BAD...and UGLY.  How these experiences are handled...will determine the person that we will become...and how FREE or BOUND emotionally we will become.


I know people who handle whatever happens to them...based on these memories.  My brother in the Lord...Tom Cartwright JUST (hot off the presses) post a status update that underscores what we are talking about. 

"Because we have selective memories we often view our past through either rose colored glasses or a magnifying glassIf we've been wounded, God not only wants to heal the wound, but go back beyond the wounding and capture the intent and purpose that he had for us before it took place...so we won't be stuck for seasons of our lives." (Tom Cartwright)


This distorted view of our memories....will transcend into a distorted view of our current life...and will skew our view and expectation (hope) of the future.


THE SOLUTION FOR MEMORIES
"Therefore...if any man/wo-man/hu-man...is IN CHRIST...he/she/they are NEW CREATIONS...the OLD THINGS past away...behold...NEW THINGS have come (and are constantly coming)."
(II Corinthians 5:17)



The THEREFORE in this verse refers to a previous thought....which is WHY II Corinthians 5:17 can happen.  It is all hinged on THE LOVE OF CHRIST.  The love of Christ becomes a controlling factor in our lives (instead of our memories).  We come to a conclusion that ONE (Jesus) died for ALL (the world).  He not only DIED...but He ROSE AGAIN...and because HE (Jesus) did this...WE (the world) has the opportunity to NOT be bound by PAST (memories) but can be CHANGED in the NOW and be poised for the FUTURE.  (II Corinthians 5:14-16)


THE STONE OF REMEMBRANCE
There is a phrase that is NOT found the Bible...but the concept rings out.  It is said that God "casts our sins into the sea of FORGETFULNESS

"He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot.  Yes, Thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea." (Micah 7:19)



In the Psalm where we find THE BENEFITS PACKAGE (Psalm 103:1-5)...we also find a verse that speaks of the circular nature of our sins never meeting.

"For high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving-kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west...so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

(Psalm 103:11-12)


In the book of I Samuel...there is reference to how we should remember things.  The Philistines were attacking...God was protecting.  After VICTORY in the BATTLE...and Samuel TOOK A STONE and set it between Mizpah and Shen...and named it EBENEZER (stone of help/remembrance), saying, "Thus far the Lord has helped us." (I Samuel 7:12)


This STONE (Jesus is the ROCK)...was a REMINDER...to help them REMEMBER the next time they face difficulties with enemies....that THE LORD HAS HELPED US...THUS FAR...and the implications is....that if He has helped us THUS FAR...he will CONTINUE TO HELP US.


FINAL THOUGHTS...FINALLY


Yes...our lives are shaped by our past experiences...and our past experiences are underscored by our memories....but NO we do not have to be dominated by our past memories...as we come to the Lord...and begin to RENEW OUR MINDS....CHANGE OUR WAY OF THINKING....DEVELOP A NEW MIND SET....and begin to LET/ALLOW OUR MINDS TO DWELL ON THE LORD. (Romans 12:1-2; Romans 8:5-8; Philippians 4:8-9)


Love and Sweet Memory Kisses
Rodney "Remembering The Stone" Boyd






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