So there’s a concept I want to discuss in this post but first, let’s all get on the same page. In my mind, if you need to remember something then there was something there to forget in the first place. We had to forget something in order to be in a position to have to remember it and if it’s something there, it may be something we need to explore.
If you want a more visual definition, I saw remember as the need to put members that I lost back together, to reform or rebuild, figuratively or literally.
It’s interesting to me that to remember is a verb, which is an action word. Understandably so, there are times when it’s hard to recall due to suppressed memories. But in the Jewish culture, there’s a concept called Teshuvah and it means to return. Now, I know return isn’t listed in the definition but in this time and season it’s so important to practice Teshuvah. Please understand, it’s not an idea of recalling negative, it’s an act of remembering and correcting.
There’s 4 steps involved:
- Recognize-admit what you did wrong. Admit your wrong doing. This is not the time to take a tally of others behaviors, intentions or actions.
- Regret-you have to be remorseful for what you did wholeheartedly. This requires taking for responsibility for your part.
- Resolve-this is the hard part, when possible make amends with any party affected. Yep, apologize; whether it’s accepted or not is not your business. Know there are times when you won’t get an apology, learn to be okay with that.
- Refrain- don’t repeat the behavior when given the opportunity.
Teshuvah is also known as repentance and it’s action. It’s a turning away from sin, course correction if you will, and moving toward God. It is imperative as we are approaching Yom Kippur, the day of atonement when we are judged. In God’s mercy, He gives us 40 whole days to work this out before we are judged so that we can present ourselves properly.
I know some of you guys may be thinking, why is she doing this series and even talking about Jewish holidays? The answer to that is…these aren’t Jewish holidays, these are feasts of the Lord and they were meant to be celebrated perpetually, which means forever. It is the 4th out of 10 commandments we were given as children of God. It’s not a suggestion but a commandment. Even if that isn’t enough, I’ll take it down to a basic level, it’s just the right thing to do. So, if you desire to be pleasing to God and maybe need some direction as to how to do that, this is for you. Stop and remember who you are…a King’s kid.
This clip preaches, you hear me? Just like Simba, there were obstacles to be confronted so that he might remember. There will be for you too. Teshuvah isn’t easy, you have to confront issues, people and yourself. I hadn’t seen this clip in so long and I must admit, I got emotional. It was as if the Father was reminding me to remember who I am.
Hope you got something out of this…
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