There are 10 common symptoms of memory loss. Whether it’s confabulation, confusion, forgetting names, getting lost, irritability, language difficulties, depression, struggling with day to day affairs, following directions or neurological issues, any of these are signs of old age. Anyone who exhibits these traits are often diagnosed with dementia or in severe cases, Alzheimer’s disease. As medical and science advancements enable human beings to extend life expectancy, memory loss will likely affect you at some point in the future.
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing, James 1:23-25.
In the first century, some of the disciples developed memory loss between Maundy Thursday and Resurrection Sunday. Despite being warned on several occasions, eluding to this event in the future, Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion a day later led to a spiritual meltdown. One of Jesus’ vocalist followers, Peter, denied knowing Jesus three times in public within 24 hours. Others went into in hiding, afraid they too many be arrested or sentenced to death like their leader. After 3 years together, a few days of trials resulted in spiritual memory loss.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus, Philippians 3:13-14.
The latest democratic talking point is accusing President Donald Trump of memory loss day after day, claiming to be signs of dementia. Unfortunately, these accusers are suffering from the same thing, unable to come to grips with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 election loss. Instead of wasting their breaths on endless excuses, it’s time to follow the advice of the apostle Paul in the passage above. Sure, memory loss is a reality in most individuals, especially when it comes to names of people you just met. Nonetheless, worrying about the past is a lost cause. Rather, press on toward the future, focusing on that which God has called you to do. Those who heed this call will begin to feel much better while you invest your time on heavenly causes.
by Jay Mankus