Sunday, August 29, 2021



Have you ever found yourself remembering?  The Bible reminds us in Deuteronomy 32:7 to “remember the days of old”.  I often contemplate the past but the key is to contemplate the positive things in your past.  When we do, the result is thankfulness, joy and increased energy.

Take time to remember people who had an impact on your life.  You will find hundreds like a Sunday School teacher, school teacher, parents, siblings, wife, children, friends, co-workers and relatives.  Maybe even neighbors.  The key is to remember them.

I remember my dad, after a long week on the road, taking time to play catch with me and also traveling across the state of Michigan to see me play basketball.  I remember my mother cooking, going over spelling words every Thursday night and the list could go.  I remember my brother’s protection and encouragement; my grandfather’s stories of Ireland (he was better than TV) and all the fun we had with cousins on the island where our grandparents lived.  I remember the fun times in education and in ministry.  I remember what God has done for me.  Do you remember when He got you out of impossible situations or successfully walked you through them? When I do that, I realize I am blessed.  It focuses me on what I have been given not what I don’t have.  That changes my outlook, mood and allows me to be in a better position to encourage others.

So, when the challenging times come, take time to REMEMBER and be thankful!  You will be glad you did.


  1. Thanks for sharing Brian.. Yes it's good to remember. A song that has been a great blessing to me lately says it this way: I love your voice, You have led me through the fire, In darkest night, You are close like no other. I've know You as a Father, I've know You as a friend, I have lived in the goodness of God. Chorus: All my life You have been faithful, all my life You have been so so good, With every breath that I am able, I will sing of the goodness of God. I'm living in the goodness of God and that's good enough for me.

  2. Hi Brian, I was a teen and then a young adult at the Owosso Nazarene Church when you were there. I remember you and Sharon and your girls. I happened to see your name today in a publication that Owosso put out for the bicentennial so I googled you and found this blog entry about taking time to remember!
    Sheree Wiltse and I married Harry Rawlins in 1973.