“We’re so caught up in our everyday lives that events of the past are no longer in orbit around our minds. There are just too many things we have to think about everyday, too many new things we have to learn. But still, no matter how much time passes, no matter what takes place in the interim, there are some things we can never assign to oblivion, memories we can never rub away.
They remain with us forever, like a touchstone.”
~Haruki Murakami, from Kafka on the Shore
They say we never actually forget anything. Once something has been taken in by our senses it is retained forever. Evidence of this happens all the time. Maybe it’s a song that takes you back to a specific time in your life or maybe it’s the smell of apple pie or the first cool breeze of autumn. Each of these triggers enrich your memory and suddenly the details come back, accompanied by emotion.
Love is the most powerful example of this. The first kiss and childhood crush is easily retrieved. Later, the first real love and broken heart came and went, but the memory lives on forever. Maybe it was seeing your spouse at the alter or perhaps the sight of your child coming into the world. Each of these events become living touchstones that enrich and shape your way of understanding everything.
Most powerful of all is when you personally meet Jesus Christ.
When you give your heart to Jesus, everything is changed. You are born again and all things become new. Your sin is forgiven and you are accepted by God just as you are, on the basis of Christ’s righteousness and sacrificial death for you. You are empowered to live victoriously and your life takes on new meaning and purpose.
Eternal life begins.
Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends.