Memory – Blog Carnival

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Welcome to the One Word At A Time Blog Carnival – this week’s word is: Memory.

This week’s topic is truly ironic since I forgot to remind everyone that it was carnival time, but that’s just all part of the fun of hanging around here.

The idea of the carnival is simple. We pick one word every two weeks and all write a blog post inspired by that word. It’s fascinating to see the range of different trains of thought that can come from just one word.

Below this, you’ll find a little widget called Simply Linked. All the participants add their links to the widget and that way we can all find and read all the entries into the carnival. You’re welcome to join us, the carnival is open to anyone.

To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit http://peterpollock.com/category/faith/carnival/


 

I Wish I Had a Memory

Forgetfulness

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My memory is getting really bad. At least, I think it’s getting bad, I just can’t remember if it was always like this or not….

I know that’s a terrible thing to say and there are people out there whose memory is far worse than mine but I have really noticed over the past couple of years how bad my memory is… or has become.

I am often surprised when the doorbell rings, only to realise when I see the visitor standing there that I spoke to them not five minutes ago and was expecting them to come.

At least… I SHOULD have been expecting them to come but I had totally forgotten.

The same goes for emails from clients. I can read an email, flip to my browser to look up the answer to the question or fix the problem and in those seconds of selecting and opening my browser, I can not only forget what I was doing, but even that there was an email I was responding to.

(If you’re a client of mine and I haven’t responded to an email, please let me know… I have most probably genuinely forgotten!)

I also have almost no memory of my youth. I know that I used to do stuff but I don’t actually remember doing it.

Am I alone in that?

It drives my wife crazy.

One time, when we had been married for a number of years, I think six or seven, we were going to my parent’s house for Sunday lunch and I thought I’d better explain to my bride what to expect at her in-law’s house.

I thought it was quite reasonable of me to explain that, until she told me that we had been there for Sunday lunch most Sundays that we had been married…. so probably in the hundreds of times.

I was quite taken aback because I didn’t (and still don’t) remember her going to their house with me,

On the other hand, there are things I want to forget, to never remember or relive again which I simply cannot shake.

It’s all the bad things, the painful stuff, the hurts, the offenses, the attacks that stick around in vivid color while everything else fades to black.

Am I alone in that?

I kind of hope so, because I wouldn’t want anyone else to live with the unbalanced memories that I live with.

As I think about all this though and have my little pity party, It reminds me of one wonderful fact though…

God’s mind works the other way.

He remembers the good stuff but as for the bad stuff, well, all he remembers is this:

Picture of the cross

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as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. – Psalm 103:12

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

12 thoughts on “Memory – Blog Carnival”

  1. Hazel I Moon says:

    We are forgetful at times, and that is not so good, but when God forgets our sins – – that is marvelous!

  2. Some things are certainly not worth remembering, but I agree with your wife. Just remember her name and that she loves you!

  3. Nancy Kehr says:

    Growing up I can’t remember very many happy times, so it is probably a good thing that I forgot. One thing I know is that my husband, my children, my friends and God loves me and try to spred love where ever God allows me to do it.

  4. Sheryl says:

    Your memory sounds much like mine – I seem to forget everything and especially memory of my youth (that’s been always, the rest of forgetting seems to be newer). And like you, the bad stuff I DO remember. Ugh. Anyway, I’m glad I’m not alone in that.

    Thank you for reminding me that God’s mind works the opposite. That God remembers the good stuff and forgets that bad by washing away our sins in the immaculate blood of the lamb.

  5. TC Avey says:

    Your ending is very powerful. I am so glad all God remembers is the cross when he looks at us- I am not worthy to be called His follower and yet He loves me anyway!

    Sorry about your memory…I feel mine eroding with time as well.

  6. Glad He remembers the cross and me on it with Jesus so that I can have the new life He promised. I can get so busy too that I “forget” a whole lot. I think it’s more to do with too much going on, but I’m always thankful for grace! Thanks Peter.

  7. I cannot complain about my memory. In fact, people are often surprised of the events and details I remember from anytime in my life, even as a child.
    I think I got it from my grandma, she used to tell stories of her childhood with amazing details (I also remember the stories).

    My only memory’s fault is remembering numbers. There is no way for me to remember anything that is represented by numbers (phone numbers, dates, prices of things, chapter/verses numbers from the Bible, etc). But if it is a mix of numbers and letters (like a password), I have no problem with it.

    About the Blog Carnival, I took the liberty of sharing two posts this week. One that I’ve written a few months ago, which was a perfect match for the theme, and a new one I posted today that I wrote specifically for the Blog Carnival.

    Thanks again for hosting the Blog Carnival, Peter! God bless you!

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