Remember in the Bible how often people made altars to God? They might look to many like mere piles of rocks, but they were set up for people to look at and remember God's faithfulness or a promise to them or a significant event that happened at a particular place. We have places of remembering throughout our world - shrines to saints, memorials to past heroes and sometimes even extremely fancy places like the Taj Mahal built as a memorial for a beloved wife. This is Memorial Day weekend in the United States as a matter of fact.
In the second chapter of Soul Print, author Mark Batterson speaks of Life Symbols. He makes the case for our past experiences and memories making up much of who and what we are. He offers these Questions for Discussion and Reflection that I thought I'd pass along.
Feel free to answer these in the comment section or simply reflect on them to yourself if you are in a memory-probing mood. If you don't want to answer all of them, one or two will do. Perhaps just share a good or life-altering memory.
1. If it's true that our combination of memories makes us who we are, ... then who are you?
2. Are you the kind of person who tends to think about the past a lot, perhaps observing special anniversaries or using photos as memory aids? Or do you mostly stay focused on the present or the future? Why do you think you are that way?
3. In the months and years that followed his victory over Goliath, what do you think David was reminded of when he looked at the giant's armor?
4. What kind of memory management do you need to do to move toward your God-given destiny? What past events do you need to start recalling to memory? Stop remembering so much? Reinterpret?
5. When you think about your very earliest memories, which one stands out?
6. What tangible symbols or mementos could you use to remind yourself of some of the defining moments in your life?
info from pg. 160-1