Memory Loss

June 2nd, 2011
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If we are honest, most of us will admit to walking from one room to another with a specific task in mind, only to forget why. Memory loss can be inconvenient, embarrassing, even dangerous. While some memory loss is, sadly, irreversible and progressive, we can often do certain things that will help improve our memory.  

  • First, experts advise, remember to remember. We are more likely to remember something if we tell ourselves that we want to remember it.
  • Next, pay attention to details. Most people move so quickly that they actually notice very little.
  • Third, mentally review thoughts and images. This helps fix them in our minds.
  • Finally, concentrate. Eliminate as many distractions as possible, and focus on one thing at a time.

    “The true art of memory,” said British author Samuel Johnson, “is the art of attention.”

At its core, what led God’s people into repeated cycles of disobedience, oppression, repentance, and renewed faithfulness was a kind of memory loss. Forgetting God and what God had done for them in the past caused them to wander aimlessly after the false gods of other peoples. When they “remembered to remember” the details of God’s law, God blessed them. When they did not, they were easily distracted and misled, and the results were disastrous. The fabric of a faithful life is woven with threads of remembrance.

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