They say that anesthesia can cause you some memory problems. I have had so much of it in the past few years that I have started loading up on the green tea because they, the same “they” I guess, say it will not only help your memory, but will actually revive dying brain cells. If mine are being revived I would hate to think how many were in my brain’s ICU just a few weeks ago. I grasp for words I am sure I know at least once or twice a day, walk into a room and then wonder why I’m there, and look at people I have known for years and can tell you everything about—everything except their names. I know there is another supplement that is supposed to help memory too, but I forget what it is.
Speaking of forgetting, I ran a quick search on e-Sword to find all the passages containing the admonition “Forget not,” and was surprised how few there were. That tells me that the things I did find must be important.
The proverb writer says to forget not my law in 3:1, but most of the “forget not” list is in the latter half of the New Testament.
Forget not to show hospitality the Hebrew writer tells us in 13:2, and I was surprised to find that the actual Greek word for hospitality, philoxenia, means love of strangers. So when Peter tells us in 1 Pet 4:9 to use hospitality one to another, he is actually telling us to love each other like strangers. Mull that one over for awhile. I think there must surely be something lacking in how we treat strangers these days.
Later in the same chapter, the Hebrew writer adds forget not to do good and share what you have, for with such sacrifices God is well-pleased, 13:16. I honestly believe that doing good is easy for all of us, but how about sharing what we have? In fact, Paul told the Ephesians that the reason they were to work was to have to give to others, 4:28. I am not sure how well that sits with the average American, even as wealthy as we are compared to the rest of the world. We can always find an excuse not to share that somehow we make sound, not only plausible, but actually righteous.
Then Peter tells us in 2 Pet 3:8 to “forget not” that a day is as a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years as a day. Why is that important to remember? Because the world has gone on now for two thousand years since the promise that the Lord would return, and it is easy to think it always will. Scoffers will always ridicule us for our faith, but even we become complacent, and let our righteousness backslide just a bit here and there, because there is always time to repent. Even if the Lord does not come back during our lifetimes, we should not forget that even young people die, and for all practical purposes, the Lord has come for them.
Some important things to remember, I think, especially if inspired men said so. Whether you drink your green tea or not, make sure you don’t forget.
Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s…the steadfast love of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to those who fear him, and his righteousness to children’s children, to those who keep his covenant and remember to do his commandments, Psalm 103:1-5, 17,18.