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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Anniversary (04/11/05)

TITLE: Reminders
By Brad Paulson


There has been much debate about the physiological differences between the male and female mind. However, most experts agree that women are far better than men at remembering wedding anniversaries. As a male, I have experimented with a variety of methods to help me with this inequity. I have had the most success with one exercise that is a bit involved but very effective. In January, I mark the date, June 26th, with the word anniversary in my new calendar. Flipping to May 1st, I make a note to start looking for anniversary cards and to begin considering items that might make a nice gift. May 15th I make an entry to review my entry from May 1st and confirm that I have found a card and purchased a gift. If I have not, I remind myself to do so. June 1st I make a note to wear a rubber band around my wrist, a constant reminder that the big day is approaching and if I forget to look at my calendar for a few days the rubber band will serve as a reminder. Around June 20th I put a sticky note on my computer at work. This visual reminder is there in case the rubber band disappears and I forget to look at my calendar. On June 22nd I call my friend John and tell him to call me the day before my anniversary and remind me that it is the next day. I also ask him to help me try and remember where I hid the card and the present I had purchased several weeks earlier. So far, I have only tried this method once, but it has been 100 percent effective and I am implementing it again this year.

You would think that a guy who married the woman of his dreams, and who is still madly in love, would have no problem remembering his wedding anniversary. But for some strange reason I still need some reminders. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Reminders are a good thing, even when we use them to remind us of things that we don’t have any trouble remembering. An anniversary itself is a reminder of a commitment that was made on one’s wedding day. As a matter of fact, all of the holidays that we celebrate are reminders of past events that are important to us.

Jesus knew the value of reminders as well as anybody. On the night he was betrayed he took the bread and cup, gave it to his disciples and said, “Take and eat, do this in remembrance of me.” I have no trouble remembering the price that was paid for my sin. However, taking communion is a reminder that keeps it on the front burner of my mind. What a blessing it is to know that all my sins, past, present and future are forgiven. It is also comforting to know that with my new full-proof method of wedding anniversary remembrance, my wife may never have to forgive me for forgetting another anniversary.

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Melanie Kerr 04/18/05
I thought your oepning paragraph was brilliant! It made me feel envious of your wife - not becuase my husband ever forgets - but the care with which you plan to remember! I really enjoyed readinhg that!
Sonja Stotts04/18/05
I liked the way you tied the story to the teaching of the Bible.
Norma OGrady04/18/05
Jesus knew the value of reminders as well as anybody.
Yeshua loves us so much..
I pray everyone will realize how wonderful God blessed us all.
Yeshua bless all you writing
Carol Adams 04/20/05
Well written and simply done. I enjoyed it.
Deborah Porter 04/25/05
Congratulations on your 3rd place in the Level Champions Challenge. Believe me, it was a very close contest this week and every semi-finalist deserves to be congratulated. So, now that you're work has received a Level 1 award two weeks in a row, I think it's time for you to move up to Level 2. I think you're more than ready for it. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
David Stewart04/26/05
This was a nice read with a great lesson.