The Power of Positive Memories
Embracing the good things in life
by Joanne Troppello
“The most beautiful things are not associated with money; they are memories and moments. If you don’t celebrate those, they can pass you by.” – Alek Wek
Memories are a part of us. We have good memories and bad memories. It’s important to cherish the good memories and find a way to deal with the painful ones—and move on from them.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
Experiencing pain and being hurt by others is never easy to go through. I’ve dealt with my own share of painful experiences in life—but God has helped me through them. I’ve learned and grown spiritually because I’ve allowed the Holy Spirit to help me become better, not bitter.
In John 14:26, we read that the “Helper, the Holy Spirit, who the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.” The Holy Spirit is our helper, guiding us throughout our lives and helping us to remember the things we should be focusing on—God’s Word and how it can empower our lives to live victoriously.
Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. – Revelation 21:1-6 (NKJV)
This is a powerful passage of scripture. Verse four resonates with me. When we get to Heaven, God will wipe away all of our tears. Death is no more. There will be no more sorrow or crying or pain. “The former things have passed away.”
Yes, as long as we are alive, we will continue to experience pain, both physical and emotional. However, as a believer, we know that we are only passing through this earth and will one day be with the Lord in Heaven for all eternity. That thought gives me peace. I hope it can give you peace too.
Continue to live each day like it is your last—making powerful and positive memories with your friends and family and those God brings into your path each day. Focus on spending time in prayer and reading the Word and trusting that God will make all things work together for your good.
I wrote the following poem about a childhood memory with my sister and me.
My sister and I run across the rain slick deck,
beads of water running down our faces and
enveloping our bodies in a cool embrace.
Drenched clothes cling to our clammy skin.
We run in and out from cover under the eave
and then back again to the open space on the deck.
In our childish wild abandon we laugh laughs
mixed with tears of Heaven’s joyful splendor.
We run, soaking up heavenly beads of water.
© Joanne Troppello
Do you have any special memories that bring a smile to your face when you think about a powerful moment in your life?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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