Why It Is Important To Remember First

Why is it at this point of the year we see so many stories and lists reminding us to remember events that took place in the previous year?


They are everywhere, television, newspapers, magazines, and social media. They remind us of prominent people who died, or a top ten list of just about any subject you can name. But is it essential to remember these events or should we just move on and set goals for the new year?

Do you remember key life moments that took place in 2018?  Does it matter if we ponder life experiences for the previous year?

Sometimes I become upset with myself. There are so many things I want to remember but I can’t. And the things I want to forget keep coming to mind.

During December I read a question that challenged me regarding this topic. This is the question, “What was the best thing that happened to you in 2018?” And I honestly couldn’t think of an answer but it certainly made me think.

Every year is a blend of highs and lows, of joys and struggles. The memory of some things brings us great delight while others rekindle anger, sorrow, or regret.

So should we just leave the past in the past and move on or take time to review the past year before we step into the new year? I imagine you would agree with me we need to learn from the proceeding year. To remember where we have been, what happened and how it affected us.

I have struggled as I have gone through my goal-setting process this year. I know I want to set Jesus center goals and have jotted ideas down in a brain dump. But it just wasn’t coming together. Finding myself stuck unable to figure out why.

He gave me my word for 2019 in November but beyond that it was crickets.

I determined not to rush the process (even though patience is not one of my strengths).  I committed not to make my plans and ask Him to bless them. Instead, I want His plans for my life in 2019.

As I prayed about my goal-setting process and what that looks like for 2019 I kept coming back to the question, “What was the best thing that happened to you in 2018?” Frustration set in because each time the question popped into my mind I still had no answer.

That was until…

A few days after Christmas as I traveled to a friend’s home. As I drove, I listened to a CD that another friend had given me as a Christmas gift. About two-thirds of the way through the CD a song began that jolted me to attention as I felt the nudge and heard the whisper, “This is the best thing that happened to you in 2018.”

The name of the song, “Remember.”

It’s hard to drive when you have a God moment like that. I felt my eyes tearing up and my heart warm as I realized the best thing that happened to me in 2018, or any year for that matter is Jesus and His faithfulness.

“I will reflect on all You have done and meditate on Your actions.” Psalm 77:12 (HCSB)

2018 brought its share of bitter and sweet but through every moment He was there going before me, behind me, and within me. Using each life moment to grow me into who He created me to be, discovering and living my unique story.

Because I remember His faithfulness and all He has done, I’m ready to step into 2019, the next chapter in the story He is writing in my life.

It’s important to remember so we can move forward. That’s the key, remembering is not a place to stop, to become stuck. We remember so we can move forward with courage.

“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 (NLT)

This song, penned by Lauren Daigle is what He used to remind and encourage me. I invite you to take a moment and listen:

Regardless of what you experienced in 2018 I can guarantee you are not the same person you were a year ago. And nothing you encountered is in vain. Not if You will let Him use it to equip you and move you into the next chapter in your story.

What is the best thing that happened to you in 2018?



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4 thoughts on “Why It Is Important To Remember First

  1. The best thing that happened in 2018, hummm, that would be seeing familyy grow in Christ. My family, and my church family. Thinking about this, I relize, I have grown too. Signing up for your blog has really challenged me . Thank you my friend.

  2. I’m hard pressed to think of a single good thing, as I had some pretty monumental things occur this year, and yet it was still a very difficult year. I’d say traveling to Peru for a little less than a month was one of my best experiences. It was my first time traveling outside of the country, and it was life altering.

  3. “We remember so we can move forward with courage.” So true! I would say the best thing is starting my blog and consistently posting. Not only has it proved that I can start something and stick with it, but the writing itself has facilitated growth and discovery.

  4. Jesus told us to remember His death, specific miracles, and to remember the bondage we’re freed from. Every holiday should be a remembrance of something, what God has done. Every rest day should be a remembrance of Jesus’ resurrection. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I’m saying it’s necessary for our minds to pause, reflect, remember, praise God for the good, and recharge to continue doing good (Galatian 6:9; Matthew 5:16).

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