When important, historical moments happen, it seems that someone always comments, “Well, I guess everyone will always remember where they were when ___________ happened.”
I’ll admit that some of these historical moments are life changing and we may very well remember where we were when they happened for the rest of our life.
Something I find it fascinating that, with no live sports happening, some sources have taken to playing “classic” games from sports history. For some of these “classics” the game itself wasn’t the memorable part, but a single moment was why we were told, “You’ll always remember where you were when you saw (insert “important” sports moment here).”
Strangely, I don’t.
For example, at one time in my life I was a huge fan of the NBA team in the city where I grew up. “My” team won 5 NBA championships. I always thought I would remember every one of them: what year, who they beat, what the best of seven tally was, and so forth. I stopped watching them (and, I guess, caring about them) 5 or 6 years ago...I don’t even remember when I stopped being a “fan”!
Strangely, I had to use Google to make sure I was remembering the correct number of titles they won...let alone any of the details of the wins.
You see, as our lives move on, those things that we thought were so important that we would always remember every detail (where we were, etc) may fade from memory.
There are important events in our lives that we will always remember. But there are also events that “seem important” at the time that, over time we realize they really were not all that important, so we forget.
That being said, there are a few things we must never forget.
1. Our choice to sin separated us from God...leaving us deserving of eternal separation from God.
2. But God loves us so much that He could not let us stay in this state, so He sent Jesus to die for us.
3. Jesus loves us so much that He was willing to leave heaven and come to earth (can you imagine that!), live the only perfect life, and die the cruelest death so that we can be reconciled back to God.
4. Three days later, Jesus rose from the dead!
5. We must choose to obey His conditions so that we can take advantage of this sacrifice and be reconciled back to God.
When it comes right down to it, the only thing that matters is if YOU have obeyed HIM! That’s the only event that we must remember.
No other event in all of history (be it a “triumph” or a “tragedy”) really matters!