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Losing My Mind?

Losing My Mind?

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Have you ever felt like you're losing it, you know what I mean, losing your mind? Well, maybe you haven't, but at times I wondered about myself. I have entered that stage in life, where "senior moments" occasionally happen. You know, you start for the kitchen, open the refrigerator and ask yourself, "Now, what did I come in here for?"

Well, you might find some encouragement in the fact that you don't have to be a "senior" to have those moments. This week my sister Janet's 2-1/2 year old granddaughter, Megan, had one of those moments. She is a little tiny thing that is just starting to talk well. She came up to her mother and said, "Mommy, will you do me a favor?"

Her mother replied, "What is it, sweetie?"

Megan replied, "It's in the kitchen."

So they walked into the kitchen. Her mom said, "Now, what do you want?"

Megan stood there for a few moments thinking hard and trying to express what she wanted, but just couldn't get it out. Finally unable to remember what she wanted, she looked at her mom and said, "I guess I'm losing my mind."

Sometimes I know just how she feels! I try to express something and the words just don't come out the way I want or I can't remember the exact phrase I'm trying to quote. Maybe for me it would be better expressed as: "I guess it's just lost in my mind." Eventually I find it, but my mental filing system sometimes doesn't work quite like I want it to.

The promising thing about life is that no matter how poor we are at remembering, our relationship to God and his remembering never falters. What we need to remember is that God doesn't expect us to know everything or understand everything. We need to focus on what is really important, living daily for him and maintaining that relationship. Surely we can remember one thing like that, can't we?

I like the way the Apostle Paul expressed when he wrote:

No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on THIS ONE THING: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us (Philippians 3:13-14 NLT, emphasis added).

We need not to focus upon trying to remember everything, but focus upon "the heavenly prize." So, the next time you think you are losing your mind, stop and refocus, remember what is really important: God and your relationship to him.

About the Author

Russ Lawson
Russ Lawson is a former missionary to Africa and minister in Ohio. He now works with World Christian Literature Outreach and writes a weekly email devotional, Messages from the Heart. For more information about Russ, click here.

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