What got you here won’t get you there.”
That one quote would have been worth a trip to Nashville. I mean I KNOW that I have to do more and do different if I want to have more and different – but the blunt reality of that comment struck the exact chord I needed to hear.
I came home charged for go and I went for a few weeks, or maybe it was even a few months, but in time I forgot.
In Sunday school, Mike has been teaching through Hebrews. He was talking about how in Hebrews, Paul walked the readers through the life of the Israelites and how the Israelites FORGOT.
Mike also pointed out that we, today, are prone to say that if we had walked with Jesus then we could get it right or do it better or be more on track with our purpose. But just like the Israelites, we would forget.
I am proof of that.
It was in front of me – in black and white. It was in front of me in the pulpit and the lessons. It was in front of me in the music and the worship. It was right in front of me but I still forgot.
It took sharing with you to remember. Remembering is one of the biggest benefits of coming together in fellowship. We need relationships so that we will remember and will continue to make the choices that will move us in the right direction – down the path to our purpose in Christ.
The Value of Relationships for Remembering
1. When I share with you, the moment is made new in my own heart. I still get a little giddy when I share the story of how my husband and I met, dated, hated, and then married – because that is the path we all take to a life of “happily ever after,” right? Telling the story brings it back fresh into my heart, my mind, and my spirit.
2. When I share with you, then I can be corrected or guided to an adjustment necessary for my journey. Telling the story or the situation allows me to see it from a different perspective and also gives me the chance to hear your thoughts and ideas. There is value in wise council.
3. When I share with you, I connect with you. I give a piece of who I am and what I am to you. That connection can grow into a foundational block for my strong tower. The relationships I grow up in sharing will give me the strength to stand against the things of this world.
4. When I share with you, I remember. I can write it down. I can record it. I can have it tucked away on a shelf. When I pull it down, dust it off, and share it then I remember it and when I remember then I will not be in jeopardy of forgetting.
I need you to help me remember. I need you to help me stand strong. I need you to grow up to all that I am supposed to be. What got me here will never get me there. I have to choose different and I can only choose different when I remember what got me here in the first place.