Life gets busy. I know I am constantly distracted by my surroundings. Whether it be familial obligations (raising three beautiful children), work and all its complexities, or the myriads of distractions all around me.
The point is, it’s easy to forget God. This happened quite often throughout the Scriptures. Israel was constantly falling away because they failed to remember God and what He did for them.
We are human and we get distracted in this fallen world. Satan works day and night in hopes that we will not remember God and His promises. This is why having daily reminders of what is important to us is crucial.
In the days of technology, it is so easy to overlook the one thing that is needful, which is Jesus.
Let’s not be like that. Remember what Jesus said to Martha?
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10: 41-42).
Of course, Martha was doing a good service. After all, she was serving Christ. The footnotes from the Orthodox Study Bible states:
“Martha is not rebuked for serving, but for complaining and for being distracted, worried, and troubled. In following Christ, we serve in order to facilitate the spread of the gospel (see Acts 6:1-4)”.
In Orthodoxy, there is a great emphasis on remembering God, and many of our holy fathers would speak of this quite often. In fact, there is a four-volume collection of monastic writings that have been passed down from the earliest centuries, called The Evergetinos.
I highly recommend this immensely valuable four-volume series. It will help give you guidance on how to live Christianity and adopt good habits that cultivate good fruit. In volume II of The Evergetinos, there is one account about the importance of remembering God:
“Once an ascetic elder left the desert and went down to a city to sell his handicrafts. Fortuitously, he happened to sit by the door of a neighbor, who was dying. When he sat down, he began to stare intently, seeing a number of dark men whose sight evoked fear, since they were seated on black horses and held in their hands flaming swords. Anyway, these dark men arrived at the door of his neighbor’s house. They left their horses there and went into the house. As soon as the sick and dying neighbor saw them, he began to cry out desperately: ‘Lord have mercy on me and save me!’
The dark men said to him: ‘Now at the setting of the sun, you remember God? Why did you not call on Him in the light of the day? There is now for you no hope of salvation or of comfort.’ Thereupon they hurriedly seized his soul and took leave.” (The Evergetinos: A Complete Text. Vol. II of the First Book pg. 17).
God doesn’t forget us, but we forget Him. Just like in real life, we can’t have any relationship that’s one-sided. God gives us the free will to have a relationship with Him, or not.
My S1tK bracelet serves as a daily reminder to pray and think of God. It helps me to remember Him in all that I do.
Even when I race to my phone to check social media or grab my car keys to run another errand; I am inundated with God because S1tK is always before me, reminding me to be prayerful in all that I do.
Like the thief on the cross, let us say, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom” (Luke 23:42).
And because we remembered the Lord…hopefully, we’ll hear, as the thief did, “today you will be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).