“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23
Memory. We study it. Measure it. Test it. Sharpen it. But do we truly understand the important role memory plays in creating a successful life?
In his two letters to the churches in Asia Minor, the Apostle Peter speaks often about memory. Hear his words from his second letter:
2 Peter 3: 1-2 – “Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.”
2 Peter 1: 12-15 – “So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.”
Notice Peter’s frequent reference to memory in his use of the words reminders, recall, remind, refresh your memory, remember. Throughout both of his letters, Peter emphasizes the importance of the memory in leading a successful life.
So, why is memory so important to success? Because memory affects the way we think, and the way we think determines our level of success in life. What we remember and keep in mind will be what affects our decisions on a daily basis.
But a good memory alone is not sufficient to lead a successful life. We must remember the right things. What are these right things? They are the commands of Christ as given in His Word. When we obey Christ’s commands, we are aligning our thinking with His thinking. And when we align our thinking with God’s thinking, we experience true success.
The Apostle Paul wrote this in Romans 12: 2: Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Paul makes clear in this verse that there are two ways of thinking: the world’s way and God’s way. Paul further makes clear that only God’s way of thinking leads to true success.
As you sharpen your memory with the Word of God–memorizing it, meditating on it, applying it–you will increasingly experience the abundant life of success that Jesus died to give you.
Now, it’s YOUR turn: What are your thoughts about the effect of memory on success? Please leave your response in the Comment Box below. Thank you!
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