My wife, Nancy, has creative ways of reminding me to do things that I already know that I need to do. I assure her that I am not a kid, but my actions sometimes prove otherwise. I often forget to do little things that I really should remember.
I have struggled for years with remembering trash day. Our trash is collected on Thursdays in Roanoke County, and I typically forget to either move our trash can to the curb or I forget to retrieve the receptacle after our trash has been collected. This past week my neighbor returned my trash can for me, and I only noticed it because it was turned differently than I normally have it.
Nancy usually reminds me by simply telling me on Wednesday nights when we get home that I need to move the trash can. Sometimes she calls me from work on Thursday mornings to jog my memory. Occasionally I will get an email from her reminding me about trash day, and she has even sent me an e-card so that I won’t forget the all important day. Why do I forget something so simple?
I have many excuses for my forgetfulness. I’m not old enough to have “senior moments” but, I do have some good reasons. For six years I was accustomed to putting out the trash on Mondays (although I forgot then too) when we lived in Indiana. Second, Thursday isn’t a good day for me – it’s my day off. Thirdly (and most importantly), I believe there might be a conspiracy against me by the county. A few weeks ago, I managed to remember trash day. I was so proud of myself. I noticed that I was the first one on my street to put out my garbage can. I later discovered (because another neighbor noticed my confused look while I was staring at a full garbage can) that trash is not collected on holidays. It’s awful suspicious that everyone else knew, but I didn’t. How many people are in on this scam anyway?
I guess that most of us need to be reminded of things. I just wish I didn’t have to look so foolish in the process.
Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:12, “I plan to keep on reminding you of these things—even though you already know them and are standing firm in the truth.”
In ministry I find that I am often reminding people of “simple” things that they have already heard.
- Jesus paid it all.
- All to Him I owe.
- Sin had left a crimson stain.
- He washed it white as snow.
Some things are worth repeating. Now what day is it?