How many times do we forget to do what we said we would do?


How many times do we forget even things that are important to us or our loved ones?

Sometimes we forget to keep our word, we forget to return calls or emails, we forget to visit our elderly relatives, we even forget birthdays and anniversaries of our nearest and dearest. We forget because we are busy; busy doing “stuff”; hustling, busy with school runs, meetings, deadlines, networking or whatever else we do that locks or shuts us down. Please do not get me wrong, it is important to do these things, after all we must not leave our children at school unattended or ignore our deadlines. Yet, when we fail to,  when we ignore, when we  neglect to or simply forget to keep a promise or reach out to a loved one who needs us, people get hurt and most times we never get to know how deeply or badly they are hurting. I pray today that the Grace of God will abound towards us and help us remember to do the things that we ought to do when we ought to do them.

Now though forgetting things every once in a while might be normal let us try to not make a habit of it. As a matter of fact there are dire consequences when we fail to remember (or when we just forget…)

“Can the rush grow up without mire? Can the flag grow without water? Whilst it is yet in his greenness, and not cut down, it withereth before any other herb. So are the paths of all that forget God; and the hypocrites hope shall perish.” Job 8: 11 -13 KJV.

The message above is a warning to not forget God our source and our beginning. Otherwise, we will waste away even while in our prime. As if that warning were not enough, the Psalmist comes down harder with truths that will make one shudder. The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Psalms 9: 17 KJV. When we forget God, our maker, what we are saying is that we wish to spend eternity in hell. In Psalm 50: 22-23, the Psalmist goes on to say “Repent, all you who forget me, or I will tear you apart, and no one will help you. But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honours me………” Psalm 50: 20-23 NLT.  If I had not read the above scripture myself I might have thought that someone made it up. But it is right there in print, in black and white. If we choose to forget God our Creator, He will be so upset He will tear us apart and no one will be able to help us. Even Paul has pleaded with us to remember to be hospitable to strangers as sometimes they are angels in disguise. “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” Hebrews 13: 2 KJV

Another things that Apostle Paul tells us to not forget is this: “And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.”

We are alive today and reading this article, so I believe we have more than enough reasons to remember to thank God. Though you might have heard this a million and one times it will not hurt to hear it one more time “Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” Psalm 103 : 2 KJV

As we prepare to celebrate Christmas once again, remember and do not forget that we are here because God gave us the wonderful and most generous gift of all… JESUS CHRIST.

Please DO NOT FORGET to thank God for Jesus. It is always a good place to start.


Oluyinka Ego-Martins©