Food for Thought: Memory Test

Food for Thought: Memory Test

by Ardith Hoff

An old guy named Al seemed to be wandering through the drug store aimlessly when the manager asked if he needed help.  Al said, "Yes, please, I'm trying to find acetylsalicylic acid".  The manager asked, "Do you mean aspirin?"  Al replied, "Thank you!  I never can remember that word! “Seminary PLUS Newsletter, July 2018

We can laugh, but I myself can attest to the fact that, when the memory starts to go, we tend to remember the strangest things and forget the most important thing we need to remember at any given moment.  I remember an embarrassing time when I could talk about an obscure movie I saw in 1995, but forgot the name of my own nephew to whom I had just told about the movie that very morning.  Was my mind playing tricks on me? 

Most people over 40 have momentary lapses of memory from time to time, but most of us can function pretty well.  We learn to write things down so that we will have ways to remind ourselves of where we need to be and what we need to be doing.  Of course, some things are easier to remember than others because they are so engrained in our system that they seem to come naturally.  Things like walking, eating and brushing our teeth are so routine that we do them without thinking much about them.  Things we do less often, like resetting the clocks in our cars, can be much harder to remember how to do.  Luckily, we have auto owner’s manuals that can guide us through the process if we need it.

So what do we need to help us remember the most important things we need to know to be good Christians?  Do we need to write notes for ourselves?  Do we need to have someone remind us?  Do we need to consult the owner’s manual?  The answer to all three is yes!  We need to write down helpful verses and post them on the refrigerator or buy handy plaques that we will see every day that remind us to be our best selves.  We need to go to church so that the pastor can remind us of what Jesus has taught us and we need to consult the Bible, which is the owner’s manual for our Christian faith.  And most important of all is to pray and then rely on Jesus promise in John 14:26: "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”