Ron Witbeck: Memories may help you relate to others

By Ron Witbeck

Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church

Memories: How much of your past do you remember? Some may have great memories as you grew up and some may have come through some times that they’d like to forget. Like it or not, all of those memories have molded us into who we are today.

It’s very important we take those memories of our lives and give them to God. He will use them to fulfill His purpose for us. Now, you might be thinking how others have no idea of what you have been through. The very things you dealt with growing up, the ‘era’ of our parents and our own being so different sometimes creates a lack of being able to relate.

For example, in my childhood we did the major portion of the farming with a team of horses, went to a country school, and trips to town were on Friday nights to pick up groceries. Communication was a hand cranking ringer phone connected to a central office, or letters sent through the U.S. Mail. Growing up today, you are surrounded by communication available in an instant, no matter the source, and groceries can be delivered right to your home.

One thing that remains the same is we all have memories affecting our lives today. Some question why they were even born. We find so many thing in life we cannot explain. Through this, let’s turn to the Word of God in Ecclesiastes 11:5;

“As you do not know what is the way of the wind,

"Or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,

"So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.” (NKJV)

There is an old saying, “God does not make junk!” As we look beyond where we were born, or to whom we were born, God knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb and He created us for a purpose. If we will only allow God to direct us, He will use our life experiences in ways that only God knows; we just need to submit to Him.

In the book of "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers, he explains, “The only aim of life is that the Son of God may be manifested, and all dictation to God vanishes. Our Lord never dictated to His Father, and we are to not here to dictate to God; we are here to submit to His will so that He may work through us what He wants. When we realize this, He will make us broken bread and poured-out wine to feed and nourish others.”

Never live in your memories. Starting today, realize God has brought you through life and He can, if willing, use you to bring others to know Jesus! This is possible by coming alongside those suffering and understanding them, not judging them.

As we look at our own lives, realize God’s hands are around us. Are we allowing and looking for His direction today? Maybe you are still left with a feeling of non-importance — let it go and follow God!

You may ask, how do I know? Growing up, I didn’t have any idea of what God had in mind for me! I was an average student in school, served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam, and been up and down in my walk with the Lord. I have many memories, and through all of this I had no idea God would use me in so many ways. To my surprise, He is using me as an associate pastor.

So thank God for who you are and who you can become if you submit to His call! With your memories, God can make you relatable for others. God’s Blessings!