“Kids, do you know where I put my wallet?”
Sorry, I forgot to get the milk at the grocery store.”
What are some of your favorites? To echo the late Jimmy Durante, I’ve got a million of them, and they are often followed by the statement, “I’m losing my mind!”
If this tracks with you a bit, I have a word of comfort for you today. As he was nearing the end of his life, John Newton told a friend,
“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things:
that I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior.”
WOW! There really is nothing as important as these two truths to remember, is there? Even after we are saved, we are still great sinners in need of an even greater Savior, who continually covers and cleanses us with His blood. John Newton wrote the great hymn “Amazing Grace” with this in view.
What would keeping these truths in view do for you? Perhaps you won’t write a great song, but you will write a great story, where Jesus is the hero and you are the one He is rescuing from danger, moment by moment.
There is another thing to remember that will be a source of unimaginable comfort, especially if you are as forgetful as I am at times. Even if you do lose your mind, you can never lose your Master!
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
What a wonderful truth! There is so much we can lose on this side of the grave . . . except the One whom we cannot afford to lose: Jesus. And if we can’t lose Jesus, it really doesn’t matter what we might lose, including our minds . . . even our lives! To know that nothing can separate us from the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:38-39) is to know enough to keep us going when facing any kind of loss.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!