August 14, 2019
I will never be able to watch the movie Fiddler on the Roof without thinking of my Dad.
In my mind I can hear him singing “If I were a rich man - yubby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dibby dum...”
My 13 year old daughter loves all things Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Marvel, and Sherlock Holmes so I can’t tell you the number of quotes, memes and merchandise she has been sent/bought/given by her aunts and uncles because they all know she’s a little obsessed with these stories and characters.
My mom loves white, clean spaces, dark chocolate, and lots of quiet time. Which is hilariously ironic because even if she gets to enjoy these things they don’t last long because she has 9 kids and 14 grandkids.
And I’ll never be able to hear Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, or Stevie Nicks without thinking of my mother-in-law.
I bet you could rattle off a long list, too:
- What music your dad loved.
- The TV series your friend can quote better than the paid cast members.
- Your sister’s favorite Christmas dessert.
- The sport your in-law is passionate about.
- How your Grandmom loved her grandchildren.
This is an inseparable part of how our memories work:
We associate people with what and who they love.
At my Grandmom’s funeral my older brother, cousin, and I shared some memories about key ways she loved her kids, grandkids, husband and Jesus because grasping a glimpse of her love was central to understanding who she was as a person.
This is the powerful influence you have in sharing your memories - the gift of association.
You can help others associate God with what and who He loves by sharing your stories of how He has loved you.
Your memories about key ways God has loved you are central to others grasping a glimpse of His love and understanding who Jesus is as a person.
How awesome would it be if every time someone thinks of you the automatic association would be to think of God’s love, power, goodness?
This is a powerful gift of influence you have stored in your untapped, unshared memories of God: the gift of association.
You will be remembered and better understood in association with what and who you love.
God will be remembered and better understood in association with what and who He loves.
Your memories hold the powerful gift of influence of connecting other people's thoughts to God, and better understanding who He is.
In these last 3 blog posts we’ve explored the connection between:
- renewing your hope and your memory
- the strength of your faith and remembering
- your legacy and your memories
I can’t wait to continue this conversation with you tomorrow!
But for now share with me one association that makes you happy:
What is one thing that always reminds you of someone you love?
You are so, so loved.