Memories. We all have them. There are some that are etched into my brain, and I feel like I will never forget them. For example, I will never forget the morning my big brother’s car caught on fire. I was sitting in the passenger’s seat, ironically frozen in fear while the car was running to defrost. When I saw the flames, I didn’t know what to do, except panic and scream. I was only 7 years old. That’s a memory I will never forget.
On the other hand, there are memories I strain to remember. These are the ones that pop up at the right prompting. When I hear a certain song, of which I will not name, it takes me right back to my heartbreak of 10th grade. I don’t dwell on this memory, but when it comes up, my emotions fall down, because this memory still has some power over me. I hate to admit it, but it’s true.
Memories are powerful. Though they reside in the past, if they remain unchecked, they can derail your future. Memories are tied to your emotions, and unfortunately your emotions can become the puppet masters of your life. Far too many of us constantly revisit the tattered picture books of our emotional past, pulling down off the shelf the broken frames of our memories. But I’m here to encourage you to stand up to the bully that is your negative memories. All those faded pictures, are only as intimidating as you let them be. Don’t allow your memories to drown out your destiny.
I’m sure you’re asking, “how?”
Paul contends, “It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles. I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-4, The Living Bible)
We can never match against our minds, because controlling our minds is a life long battle. We can’t over power the mind with brute strength, but our best defense against it, are the weapons crafted by God for us.
He continues, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing (of the mind, that is) raised up against the knowledge (and power) of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, and we are ready to punish all disobedience, whenever your obedience is complete.” (2 Corinthians 10:5-6, New American Standard Bible)
In other words, we have to command authority over those thoughts and memories, that seek to rise over us; and make them bow to the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ. This is not an easy task, but it is simple. Consistently subjecting our memories to the will of Christ for us, is our best bet in removing their strong hold, or emotional power, over us.
Andy Mineo says in his song, Curious, “It take a moment to make memories, (and) a lifetime to forget ’em; so be careful who you make memories with.” Don’t let your memories continue to break your heart; instead, find a way to let go of the faded pictures.
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“Faded Pictures” was written by Joseph Lewis Thomas and Case Woodard. Produced by Joseph Thomas. Performed by Case (featuring Joe). Released 1998.