What Part Does Memory Have?

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What am I doing here? That’s a question I ask myself a lot. Part of the human condition is to wonder what it all means. I can’t imagine that someone hasn’t asked themselves that at one point or another. Granted, most of us have probably blurted it out during times of stress, anger, or disappointment. However sad or happy you are, the question remains pertinent. How you answer the question will define how you live. What part does memory have in this life defining answer? While the answer we come up with might seem better suited for a conference topic about many other things that aren’t about memory, memory is at the root of the answer. The memory I’m talking about is not the fact that you remember getting up this morning. Yes, you probably can rattle off the routine you went through and how you physically came to sit in that chair in this room at a conference on spirituality in the arts and sciences. The memory that I find so crucial to answer what in essence is our individual and collective purposes on this planet deals with a larger picture—the emotions and experiences that have shaped us and have impacted us by means of our own living and by the living of others. I must admit that I don’t feel qualified to talk about memories. I’m not a scientist or a doctor or someone who’s taken more than Karna Doyle’s adolescent psychology class, however awesome it was. The best I can say is that I’ve had twenty four years’ worth of life experience and emotion that has seen very deep lows and soaring highs and many levels in between. I know that I have many more years to live, hopefully, and while some might say I’m too young for any real experience, people in my age group have a unique perspective. Many people’s philosophy on memory, if you... ... middle of paper ... ...the forward motion of the Church of God. We must view memory as not yet in the past. It is an action. We should live passionately and for the Lord, and then actively share that with others because it will change lives. Share by writing stories like an author or through a sermon like a pastor. Be personal as a teacher. Go to the bar with friends, old and new, and tell stories over a beer. Let your children and grandchildren hear you tell stories about your childhood. Be open and honest so that our memories and experiences are accepted into the world’s memory, building the history of the Church into something better. So whenever you have the urge to ask yourself “what does it all mean?” or “what am I doing here?” remember that we’re here because God has a plan for all of us and we’re here to fulfill it with the help of Christ our savior. Let that be our lasting memory.

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