It is August 8, 2008 and I have two weddings today. Both couples liked the idea of being married on 8-08-08. They said it would be easier to remember their anniversary.
This is not the first time I've heard that excuse for picking a date. I had a wedding earlier this summer on July 5. The couple chose that date because it was her parents anniversary. Easy for her to remember because she grew up with it. Easy for him because somebody in the family is sure to mention mom and dad's upcoming anniversary.
The truth is that too often we forget things, even important things. We need reminders. That is why you see God calling the people to remember so often throughout the Hebrew Scriptures. The people are continually setting up memorials to remind themselves of how good God has been to them.
Even God set up reminders. Think about it. We have the rainbow. We have the cross.
So maybe it is a good idea for us to set aside some reminders, some little thing in our office, on the refrigerators, or on our nightstand to remind us to say thank you to God. It is not a sign of weakness. It is simply a good thing to do because we forget.
God once told the Israelites to write down the commandments and place them in a little box and carry it with them all the time. Jesus told us to write his law in our hearts. So what can it hurt? It will only help us to be more thankful people and help us to praise God all day long.