Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (NIV). What God starts, he finishes. Where God guides, he provides. And where God leads, he meets our needs. But he’s going to test you first, because there is no testimony without a test.
Looking over the past three months Logan and I were tested daily – sometimes hourly! When we started it was 39degree temperatures, we had extremely tired arms, hungry stomachs – we questioned what we were doing. But we trusted the Lord who led us into the adventure of Kayaking the Mississippi River. The Lord alone knew how we would complete the journey, He knew who we would meet, where we would sleep and the obstacles that were going to be laid in front of us. We laid our trust on him daily. We stand firm on the fact that this was not a journey of two – but the Lord Himself was with us – and we leaned on Him daily. We are forever changed from this experience and grateful for all we were taught. This is most certainly the hardest thing that either of us have done and it won’t be forgotten very quickly.
God tells us to remember to remember. So often in the Bible, God asked his people to create a memorial so they’d never forget what he had taught them. In the book of Joshua God asked them to create a stone of remembrance. As the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into the Promised Land, God asked each person to pick a stoned and use it to build a memorial. In the future, when their children asked what the stones meant, the Israelites could explain that they were a reminder of God’s faithfulness to the children of Israel.
What is it that you don’t want to forget? It’s not the things that matter — your job, your house, your salary, not even your accomplishments. You are God’s legacy, and your legacy is made up of your faithfulness that made a difference for God’s Kingdom, the relationships that had eternal significance, the direction your life pointed others towards and the ways you worshiped the Savior.
I invite you to lift of prayer of remembrance: “Father, I remember right now the love of Jesus. Thank you for the many miracles you have worked in my life. Lord, help me to remember your grace and to be gracious to those around me. I remember your generosity toward me and I ask you for the strength to be generous toward others. I trust that you will be with me, and I trust that you will finish what you have started in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”