Why you must write (things get lost when we forget…)

Why you must write (things get lost when we forget…)

Yesterday I wrote the below:

Moreover I will endeavor that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.  (2 Peter 1:15)

Peter knew he was about to bow out of this world and die.  After a life of ministry, he was concerned about how the people would fare after he was gone.

He wrote to them and told them that he would endeavour (apply a concerted effort) to ensure that after he has died, the people would remember the things he taught them.

I’m convinced that writing was the chief method of this goal.

Whatever is valuable, important or life saving must not be forgotten. It must be preserved from generation to generation so that future generations may flourish.  Wealth is built layer upon layer and line upon line.  It’s not necessary to rebuild and redo the things that have already been.  Every generation should build atop the foundation, breakthroughs and insights of the former generation.  This how the next generation is richer than the last.

Understanding is about establishing your feet on knowledge and reaching out to the next level.  You must start from the last level of knowledge built by others.  Achieving this requires us to retain knowledge and remember the things that have already been taught and achieved.

He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! (Luke 15:16-17)

The prodigal son lost wealth and lived a reckless life because he forgot who he was.  The restoration of his life began when he came to his senses (remembered who he was and the benefits of his heritage).  Restoration is preceded by remembering.  When you remember who you are, what you have and what you can do, the process of recovery begins.

Here are a few examples of loss:

  1. I was lost when I forgot the map

  2. She was lost when she forgot the directions

  3. The keys were lost when I forgot where I put them

  4. He lost his way in life when he forgot what his father told him

  5. She lost the job when she forgot how to write great reports

  6. The leader lost the support of the people when he forgot why he had been elected into office

  7. She lost the money when she forgot how to serve her clients with care

Writing is a restorative tool because the precedent of almost every loss in life is memory loss.