Unforgettable: Writing as a Way to Remember

In reading my previous posts, I have learned something very valuable.

I have a terrible memory.

If my the post was well-written, it has given me the ability to re-live certain days and processes of thought again. If they were poor — well, there are probably just some things that I won’t ever be able to recall.

Some things are too important to forget.

While a picture may paint a thousand words, a person with a memory like mine needs some of those words spelled out. Describing the scenes and recording bits of dialogue all work together to recreate the events. It gives new purpose to proper word choice and opening up my heart on the page. There are things that I just don’t want to forget.

Believing this, I’ve a new reason to prioritize and continue writing — it’s a way to remember.

As I read former posts, I am reminded of what is so precious to me.

My wife

Cara is the most generous, sacrificial, hard-working, intelligent, nurturing and supportive woman I know. I am so unfathomably blessed to have become one with her. Her faithfulness to God, to me, and to our children is revealed in daily expressions – large and small. Her genuine love for others is apparent in everything she does. I’ve had the opportunity to remember so many moments with her through my reading.

My children

The times I’ve had with my girls are priceless. In fun times and hard times we’ve had countless opportunities to show love to one another in wonderful and unexpected ways. They are all three sweet, smart, funny and beautiful inside and out.

My God

Nothing I have is anything I deserve. God doesn’t love me because of what I have to offer but because I’m His. Because of His great love, I am forgiven, free, and filled with hope. Scriptures are God’s writings to help me remember as well.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4, NIV)

And I have hope in God. I am his son, and I’m highly valued.


In all of the moments I’ve recalled through writing, I see what I value most. It’s not been the life experiences themselves — it’s been the people with whom I’ve experienced life.

So even when I don’t feel like it, I will write.

When life seems to be “just the usual,” I will write.

The days that I experience deep joy, I will write.

Writing for me is a way to remember, experience and look forward to every moment I have with my God and my family.


How about you? What are some ways that you work to remember?

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