Good memories are blessings

By Joan Clayton: PNT Relgion Columnist

I see old barns and tumble down houses as we travel along the way and I wonder what stories they could tell of days gone by. How did they live their lives?
Did they leave their home with regrets or did they just walk off and leave it? Did they make every day count? Were words left unsaid? Were opportunities missed? I wonder how they were remembered.
Each day we leave memories to be remembered by someone. I remember my grandfather with such admiration. His kindness to everyone he met left a life-long impression upon me. I never saw him angry, upset, unhappy or depressed. He found humor in simple daily life. His daily prayers reflected his strong faith and he faced death triumphantly.  Occasionally I meet someone who remembers him and they share a happy memory and I am reminded of Proverbs 10:7:  “Good people will be remembered as a blessing, but evil people will soon be forgotten.” (NCV)
My husband’s love for me, our children, and grandchildren will be remembered long after we have made our heavenly flight.
We are given just so many years with the gift of life. How we spend them are so important. Have we just taken up space or have we made our lives count for something?
            We may not be rich by the world’s standards, but we can give what we have.
Everyone can have a smile, a caring attitude and compassion for the lonely. The disciples had only five loaves and two fish, but when they gave it to Jesus, he multiplied them immensely.
By giving yourself away, you make good memories and many blessings return to you. Would you have the abundant life? Lose yourself. Every day of your life is an opportunity to leave good memories.
Look forward to the new day with thanksgiving.
Birds praise their Maker each morning. We can too.
Be amazed with sunrise and sunsets.
Gaze into a baby’s face to see God’s wondrous works.
Send your treasures on to heaven to be a “million heir.”  If you have trials along the way, let the following verses encourage you:
“Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God” (Psalm 146:5).
Are you heavy-hearted? He is the God of all comfort. (Isaiah 66:13)
Are you fearful? He is bigger than any problem. (Isaiah 35:4)
Are you lonely? He is a “friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)
Are you weary? God has a rest for his children. (Psalm 37:7)
Are you sick? He is the God who healeth thee. (1 Peter 2:24)
Are you anxious? He is the God of all peace. (Ephesians 2:14)
Are you downtrodden? He will make your feet like hinds’ feet. (Psalm 18:33)
Are you sad? He gives you a merry heart like a medicine. (Proverbs 17:22)
Are you worried? He is your shield and buckler, a mighty fortress. (Psalm 91)
Are you carrying guilt? Repenting removes your sins as far as the east is from the west. (Psalm 103:12)
Are you in need? He is Jehovah Jireh, your provider. (Philippians 4:19)
God will never leave you nor forsake you. He is with you even through the shadow of death with his rod and his staff to comfort you. He is Jesus in you, the hope of glory.
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33 NIV).
A life of victory can be obtained by leaving loving memories.
I have been blessed. My memories include little children’s smiling faces, my husband’s goodnight kiss, the “I love you Mom” phone calls, and the many words of encouragement I have received from so many.
Thank you too, dear reader. You bless me.
Good memories are blessings.