Some things should never be forgotten. Remember these selfless sacrifices today and follow their example for a bright future.
Have you ever forgotten something of importance? A birthday? An Anniversary? An Appointment?
It is easy to do. Why?
People are forgetful.
The Bible gives us many instances of mankind’s forgetfulness.
“Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.”
“And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.”
1 Samuel 12:9
“And when they forgat the LORD their God, he sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the host of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.”
“And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them.”
“They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:”
“They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;”
“And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.”
“And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.”
These verses remind us how easy it is to forget.
Some forget because they are absent-minded while other forget because they are inconsiderate. Ultimately, why we forget matters little in the grand scheme of things.
One of the duties of a preacher is to help us remember.
Examine these verses.
2 Peter 1:12–15
“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.”
This portion of Scripture teaches us five essential truths about remembering.
- We need people to remind us. (vs 12)
- We need people to remind us of things we already know. (vs 12)
- God gives us people to remind us like preachers, parents, teachers, and mentors. (vs 13)
- Remembering things of importance wakes us up to important truths and responsibilities. (vs 13)
- We need to remember things people taught us after they are gone. (vs 15)
Memorial Day was instituted to help us remember the sacrifices of those who have gone before us.
Wikipedia says, “Memorial Day (previously, but now seldom, called Decoration Day) is a federal holiday in the United States for honoring and mourning the military personnel who had died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. The holiday is now observed on the last Monday of May, having been observed on May 30 from 1868 to 1970.”
First enacted to honor Union soldiers of the American Civil War (it is celebrated near the day of reunification after the civil war), Memorial Day was expanded after World War I to include American casualties of any war or military action.
It’s a good idea to set triggers to remind us of important things. Dates on a calendar, reminders, alarms, etc. prompt us to recall what matters.
On this Memorial Day, let’s consider some sacrifices that we should never forget.