As a techie, I go through a lot of information on a daily basis. I interact with people through email, I have conversations over the phone and in person, and I read lots of blog posts, tweets on Twitter, and Facebook posts.
Since so much information goes through my brain, I often need reminders to keep up with important dates and details.
As I was reading a candid email from author Robert D. Smith few days ago, the thought came to me that we often need reminders of lessons that we have learned in life as well.
In addition to keeping up with important dates, meetings, and obligations, we also need to be reminded of important factors in our lives.
Here are seven that I constantly have to remind myself:
1. If God does nothing else for you in this lifetime, you are already blessed beyond measure
The #1 thing that I am grateful for at this point in my life is salvation. After truly meeting Jesus in my early twenties, there was no experience that could compare. It is a priceless gift and one that I hope to share with thousands of people. in my lifetime.
2. Your wife and kids love you and they show you every day
There is not a day that goes by where I am not shown love by my wife and kids. My wife serves us faithfully at home and the kids smile and laugh with me every day.
3. You are gainfully employed and have never missed an important payment since you started working
With unemployment rates where they are and people struggling to get by, I have been blessed to work in an environment that I enjoy and I have been able to provide for my family as it has grown. I have to remind myself to be grateful for "the process" when I start thinking about my career advancement and my aspirations as a business owner.
4. Your clients think of you as a man of integrity and they trust you to share personal information
I have been able to work with people who are known by millions of people. I have also worked with business owners who have freely given me financial information and/or passwords because they knew that I could be trusted. That, in itself, is an honor.
5. You have musical talents that have allowed you to meet some great people
Since I've played the piano for the past 21 years, I have met some interesting people. While serving as a worship leader and music minister, I have had opportunities to interact with pastors and other people I respect. I have also had great conversations with people while providing music and community functions. I'm not as skilled as I want to be, but I'm in a position to use my gift, so I'll take that.
6. You have escaped death at least once that you know of and possibly thousands of times because of God's grace
When I was in college, I was in an accident where the van I was riding in flipped over a few times. As I approached that moment, I was almost sure that I was going to die. Obviously (since I'm writing this post), that didn't happen, but I have to remind myself that my life has been spared – not just that time, but more than I could imagine.
7. You may not consider yourself to be an expert in lots of things, but other people do
Until recently, I didn't think of just how many people ask my wife and I questions about a number of topics. I get questions about computers, websites, and other technical topics. My wife is often asked about marriage, parenting, hair care, cooking, and homemaking. It's an honor to be thought of as a source of wisdom for some of these topics.
Question: I've listed a few of the reminders that I need. What are some of the reminders that you often need?