The Power of Memory
Memories are powerful. Good or bad, they take us back to a time, place, feeling, emotion, and even relationship. As the summer approaches, let’s quickly unpack four truths about making memories through shared experiences, the role they can play in strengthening our family’s relationships, encouraging members’ spiritual walks, and the worthwhile effort we might need to give in intentionally creating them.
4 TRUTHS ABOUT SHARED EXPERIENCES:
1. They unite family around specific core traits that characterize the home.
Most values we embrace are caught more than taught. They are modeled to us by those we do life with the most and who influence us the greatest. Family identity begins to be fashioned around biblical truths, because they are lived out in real-life ways together.
2. They create memories, which become threads in the fabric of our relationships.
Shared experiences aren’t just temporary feel good times, but they are moments that move us to truly understand what it means to belong to a community. When one is away from family, memories can serve as reminder of where we are from, giving strength and confidence.
3. They create a solid backdrop for conversations.
When the tough conversations need to happen, a solid relationship underneath can be a game changer. It’s an old saying but still true–“They don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
4. They can happen today. It’s not too early or too late to start!
No matter the age and season of life your family is currently in, make a decision to start today! We’re all constantly building a memory bank. Let’s each be intentional to fill it with shared experiences that are out of the ordinary. C’mon!