Remember & Celebrate

31 01 2011

The other morning I was driving, reflecting on the year that has been and the year that is to come.  2011 for me is truly the start of something new as my family has moved to a new region and I start a new role with a new company so I’ve been finding myself frequently remembering the past 10 years and how I’ve gotten here, and of course about what lies ahead.  This particular morning I was listening to the song “Where You Go I Go” by Jesus Culture and decided to turn it up as I drove.  As I got to the bridge, the lyrics jumped out at me as if someone was literally in front of me yelling them out to God.

“Though the world sees and soon forgets
We will not forget who You are and what You’ve done for us
What You’ve done for us”

Many of us know the story of the Israelites and how often they did in fact forget about who God is and what He had done for them.  Rescue us from the Egyptians, check.  Part the sea, check.  Provide food from heaven, check.  Yet over time they forgot these very miracles that they lived out, what God did for them and proof of who He was (and still is).  God promised deliverance, and He delivered big time.  God promised a land flowing with milk and honey, and it seems that before could deliver on that promise the people forgot who He was and what He had done for them.  As you read the accounts in Exodus there were periods of unbelief and even turning their backs on God in order to worship gold idols.

We live in a time where things move faster than ever and for most of us that means we have less patience and more distractions in our lives.  As this new year starts, God is challenging me to frequently stop and remember exactly who He is and what He has done for me.  I can’t help but think that as we begin 2011, those of us who lead ministries and teams of people need to do this with our teams as well.  When was the last time you sat down with your team to remember together and thank God for all that He is and what He has done for you and through you?  When was the last time that as a team you’ve thought back to and remembered the promises that God has yet to deliver?

My hope and prayer for you as you start 2011 is that you and I will be people who never forget who He is and what He has done for us, and that we will share it with everyone we come in contact with.

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