I Don't Remember

Dr. Charles S. Mims By Dr. Charles S. Mims, 16th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/39iflww_/
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As we look at our life we all have those people and circumstances that cause us to recall pain and suffering, or humiliation. We have all experienced those certain moments that we would prefer no one ever knew about, and if we could wipe it from our memory we would.

Just Forget It!

And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father’s house. And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. (Genesis 41:51-52)


Thomas A. Edison was working on a crazy contraption called a “light bulb” and it took a whole team of men 24 straight hours to put just one together. The story goes that when Edison was finished with one light bulb, he gave it to a young boy helper, who nervously carried it up the stairs. Step by step he cautiously watched his hands, obviously frightened of dropping such a priceless piece of work. You’ve probably guessed what happened by now; the poor young fellow dropped the bulb at the top of the stairs. It took the entire team of men twenty-four more hours to make another bulb. Finally, tired and ready for a break, Edison was ready to have his bulb carried up the stairs. He gave it to the same young boy who dropped the first one. That’s true forgiveness.


Joseph, like Mr. Edison, had every reason to be upset. He had every reason to harbor a grudge with his brothers for what they did. Joseph had been betrayed by the very people that should have had his back no matter what. He was abandoned by his own flesh and blood.


As we look at our life we all have those people and circumstances that cause us to recall pain and suffering, or humiliation. We have all experienced those certain moments that we would prefer no one ever knew about, and if we could wipe it from our memory we would.


Joseph had every reason to be angry, but instead he chose to let God get the glory. He was mistreated by his family, thrown in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, and his response was forget about it. Such selective memory could come in handy for us!


He was not a slave to his past, instead he chose to live in the joys of the present. Other’s hearts may become callous and hard after the series of tragedy and misfortune but not Joseph. His heart remains fresh and pragmatic. His faith always focuses on the God whom he believed. Hence, he is able to appreciate the beauty of God’s vindication and splendor of His mercy and grace.


Here is the evident secret of Joseph’s success. He is successful and victorious because the Lord is with him. Indeed, the presence of God makes the difference. The question is not how big the problem is or how many storms will come our way. What makes the difference is the presence of God. If God is with us we will emerge and rise victoriously above every negative circumstance and problem. If God is with us, there is no reason to fear!


Forget the past, and look to the future.

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Charles Mims has been the pastor at South Peninsula Baptist Church in the heart of Daytona Beach for fifteen years.

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author avatar Prasul Surendran
16th Jun 2011 (#)

Your final line says it all :)

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