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Topic: Memory (07/10/08)
TITLE: Gift or Curse??
By Sherry A. Jackman
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I read an article about the Brain as a muscle that can be re-trained with much effort. A young person had a brain tumor that caused him to lose some of his short-term memory and with much effort he managed to regain memory and go on to finish college with a 4.0 grade point average.
How much time are we willing to put into using our own memories? Are we willing to ask God for help, rather than relying on our own strength? Scripture says that God is made perfect in our weakness, that when we are weak He is strong. An excellent memory should be used to memorize and meditate on God’s Word for spiritual growth, learning His truths and growing closer to Him. However, it should not become a point of pride or an idol such that we forget to ask God for help when we need it.
Human memories are not infallible. It is no shame to have to make lists to remind us of what we need to do. If we need help remembering things, it is okay to ask for it from close friends. I have a friend whose memory was damaged by medication she received in college for a condition she didn’t have. Her memory is very tricky and if I want to make sure she does something for me or if we have to do a project together, I have to utilize my memory and remind her to make notes so the activity can get done. Sometimes working around this difficulty can get exasperating, especially when the person is extremely bright. Love never fails and never criticizes. It is a testimony to our relationship, our love of God and each other, that we don’t let a little thing like someone’s faulty memory get in the way of our fellowship and things we need to do to get along in life.
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