As I have spoke and written to many different women’s audiences over the past years, I have always encouraged them to leave behind reminders of what God has done in their lives. One of the ways I encourage them to do this is to write scripture, God’s Word, on the pages of their scrapbooks, journals and the notes that they send. I honestly wonder if there won’t be a day in the future when the word of God won’t be as readily available as we enjoy today. The idea that the freedom we enjoy to have the Bible in all different versions, quantities, shapes and even colors has really hit home with me since I have been to Latvia. For years, while the Latvian people were in occupation, the word of God was not free – it came at a great price. How that small country has paid because of the occupation (and lack of freedom to worship the one true God); the greatest is the demise of the family structure. Since I have been home, I have been reading God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew– which is about the missionary, Andrew, who started in the mid 1950’s to smuggle Bibles into occupied countries. It is an exciting book of how God was faithful to take His Word to those who had no access to Bibles. How we take the freedom of having God’s word available to us at any time and place as our right – not a privilege.
Who is to say that the scriptures we treasure will always be available to the future generations that come after us. As our country continues to turn from God and His truth and our freedoms are compromised, the very word of God might be considered a threat!
That is why when you write scripture verses in your journal, in a notecard or photo memory books, you are truly leaving a legacy. Think of a day in the future when your grandchildren no longer have a Bible available to them (or perhaps the truth of the Bible has been altered in some way). Yet they stumble across your journal and are drawn into the words of your life, or as they look through old photos they find the memories you recorded of how God faithfully worked in your life. The words of God come alive as they read and realize that the God you serve is the same in their life as He was in your life. Over and over again, they look for more truth in your recorded memories – how did God work in your life, did He really come through for you when all hope was gone, did you feel loved and secure in your faith, did you really trust God and if so – could this same God help them in their life’s journey.
Scriptures tucked away in places that aren’t expected – a few words, a few photos that only mean something to those connected to the writer are not a threat. But in these recorded memories hold the truth of God’s word – the word that is as meaningful to us today as it was to those who came before us and will still speak to those who are to come. Write it down, tell how God has worked in your life just as Bible Characters such as David, Paul or Mary – tell how their struggles and stories have encouraged you — and then tuck it away for a time yet to come. Pray that God will use it for encouragement to those who read it. And occasionally, reread your life’s stories yourself and be amazed at how God has been orchestrating all of your life’s journeys event for His glory.
But if you don’t record even one memory – you leave no legacy and you take all that you have learned with you. All that God has done for you and through you is gone, and those who come after you can only wonder if your God was faithful to you.
God’s call to remember is for each of us —
“Tell it to your children, and let your children tell it to their children and their children to the next generation”…. Joel 1:3