About a year ago while going through therapy I was asked to write down my earliest memory. I know that some people may think remembering memories from childhood during therapy might not be a good idea but memories shape so much of who we are…so much so that God, on many occasions told the children of Israel to mark the places where they have been either by building alters or taking stones. They were also told to pass on their memories in the form of stories to their children.
Our past no matter how ugly, beautiful, awesome or terrible it was has been implanted into our minds, hearts and souls. We may react to a situation, chalk it up to being irrational and move on with the business of our lives until one day when we are forced to stop and process our lives. It’s at that moment we realize our knee jerk reaction to a present day situation is in direct correlation to a past event.
Our bodies hold our memories, most of the time in the form of stress, anxiety, fatigue, anger, and much, much more. We will never be what God intended for us to be until we face what we need to face from our past.
Acknowledge and come to terms with the feelings you have about your past. Take steps to move forward by working through those feelings. Let go of past hurts and learn to forgive-yourself and others.
Then Joshua called the twelve men, whom he had prepared of the children of Israel, out of every tribe a man: And Joshua said unto them, Pass over before the ark of the Lord your God into the midst of Jordan, and take ye up every man of you a stone upon his shoulder, according unto the number of the tribes of the children of Israel: That this may be a sign among you, that when your children as their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever. (Joshua 4:4-7 KJV)