There are some things we need to hear everyday. Let’s face it, we’re kinda forgetful.
– What did I have for dinner last night?
– What is that guy’s name?
– What was I supposed to do on my way home from work today?
– Oh where is my hairbrush?
Not only do we forget these less important things, we also tend to forget crucial truths about ourselves, others, and God. We need daily reminders so we don’t forget. A list of forget-me-nots.
Do you have a list of statements you cling to, that help you stay grounded?
I don’t have one I go to on a daily basis, but here are a few things I need at the top of my list:
– God’s grace has nothing to do with my good, my bad, or my ugly.
– Every man, woman, and child bears God’s image inside them. Therefore, they should be treated with dignity and respect.
– This might be my last day on earth. (Better eat bacon.)
– It’s not about me. It’s not about you. It’s about Jesus. King Jesus.
This last one is one we’ve all heard before but not often enough. If I was ever going to get a tattoo, it would be the phrase “it’s not about you” tattooed backwards on my big, shiny forehead. I can’t be reminded too often about this one.
As Scot McKnight puts it in The King Jesus Gospel, “too often we have…
reduced the life of Jesus to Good Friday, and therefore
reduced the gospel to the crucifixion, and then soterians have
reduced Jesus to transactions of a Savior.” (p.119)
To be blunt, I have the tendency to take the Story of God and turn it into the Story of Tim. To make myself the central character in life.
And reducing the gospel to my personal salvation only serves to ramp up my egocentric tendencies.
Yes, my salvation should not be forgotten. It is an important part of the gospel, and one I am unequivocally grateful for.
But the gospel is about Jesus. The story is about Jesus. This life is about Jesus. All glory belongs to Jesus.
And that’s something I need to be reminded of now and again.
How about you? What grounding truths would make your list?