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Remember to forget, choose to remember

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Remembering to forget
Philippians 3:13-14 KJV
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

Choosing to remember
I don’t think we can choose to forget things, but rather we choose what we remember. Often in the process of trying to forget something we saw or heard we remind ourselves of the very thing we were trying to forget, then we think on it all day long. Were told that we are supposed to forgive and forget, but I think God is the only one that is capable of truly forgetting all things that have been forgiven.

Often things come to our mind that we think we have forgotten and it really troubles us, because we have no where to go with the thought. When the situation happened, we might have said to each other, let’s just forget about it and move on. Our only action in the situation was to “forget” it, not talk about it, just forgive it. It’s one thing to make peace and forgive someone for a wrong done to you, but the memory of the situation never goes away. Why is that? Didn’t we truly forgive them? I think it is because we don’t have that ability to choose to forget. It would be nice, but here in these earthly suits I think we have to try another way.

Overwrite the program with good data
I believe we have to overwrite the currently corrupted program data with good data. Like a hard drive in a computer overwrites deleted data over time with new data, we have to overwrite the bad feelings with new good ones. The worst thing we can do in a situation where we choose to just forget is to walk away from that person and leave no option to overwrite the bad feelings. If we can find a way to forget the situation, by choosing to remember the good parts of things, or if we are afforded the opportunity to overwrite the bad feelings with new good ones, we should choose that option.

I have seen so often good people just write other good people off as invaluable because they were hurt by something that happened and never chose to write good memories in place of the last bad ones. Often I have heard people say “my last words to them were___” fill in the blank. It’s always a regretful situation to not be able to make true amends. What if we can find a way to just end each interaction with each other with a good memory, instead of trying uselessly to forget the bad thing that happened that ended our relationship back in 1942. What if we choose to remember even just one good thing about the other person as we are walking away. What if our last words were always in love.

I believe that everyone, even the worst of the worst have at least one good thing about them that can be appreciated. If we focus our hearts and minds on that and choose to remember the good over trying to forget the bad, maybe when a thought comes up about the situation that happened way back when, we will remember the last good thought about the person instead of the last bad one.

If we choose to remember a good thought about a person as we are departing from them, we are choosing at “that time” to forget any wrongs done to us and remind ourselves to forget what is behind and push forward to what is ahead in love and peace. If we wait twenty years from a situation to then try and “forget” it, I think we are going to be very disappointed that we are not able to.

I don’t believe we have the ability to choose to forget, only the ability to choose what we want to remember.

Lance Hall

Written by: Lance Hall

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