“An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Socrates was a Greek philosopher and though this quote is coming from a secular source, it does have truth in it that we can all apply it to our lives. So many things happen in our lives and it is so easy in the midst of deadlines or the next big thing that we just keep moving forward without reflecting on the events in our lives. When we move forward without reflecting on the good moments we realize we stopped short of the full potential of those moments to bless us. On the flipside, when we don’t reflect on the moments that have hurt us or made us uncomfortable, we realize that we don’t simply forget them but that the negative outcomes can affect us in the moment and well into the future.
An examined life maximizes the blessings and deals with the failures and in today’s passage, the LORD lays out three rituals of remembrance so that the people can continue to live in the new life that they have been given and move forward. The Israelites are tasked with looking back in their history so that they can continue moving forward. Whether we have or not been examining our lives doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be living but that we could be maximizing the precious gift of life that the Lord has given us! Today let us take some time to remember how God has been faithful so that we can remain in His faithfulness.
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