How good is your memory? Do you walk into a room and forget why you came there in the first place? We memorize things in school for tests, but soon forget them afterward. Human beings have an amazing propensity to forget things, and with the amount of information that demands our attention, we are struggling to retain information and have an increasingly short attention span (Kevin McSpadden, “You Now Have a Shorter Attention Span Than a Goldfish,” Time, May 14, 2015, http://time.com/3858309/attention-spans-goldfish/).
This tendency to forget can be seen in our spiritual lives, so it’s important that we heed the Bible’s encouragement to remember what God has done for us. In Deuteronomy, it says, “Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live” (Deuteronomy 4:9). Why this emphasis on remembering? Because fully trusting and obeying God even in the most difficult of times takes remembering the God with whom we have a relationship. When there is sickness, financial struggle, or any other calamity that comes with living in a fallen world, we must remember what God has done in our lives. Testimonies are a powerful way to remember and reflect on what God has done in our lives and in the lives of others in our community.