again and again

You know people who tell the same stories over and over? The people who come to family reunions and tell the old stories about how Uncle Ed could always get  lost walking home, because he was reading while he walked. The people who stand come to the church potlucks and remind you that Sister Hazel’s pies were always the best because she kept the crust dough in the freezer. The people who end staff meeting with “I know you know this.”

I know those people too. I’m one of them.

Sometimes the same stories are important to tell. Uncle Ed’s diligence in reading that made him the first member in the family to go to college. Sister Hazel’s baking skills and foresight. Your boss’s passionate commitment to the core values of the organization.

Peter was one of those people too.  In the second letter bearing his name he wrote,

So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have. I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body, because I know that I will soon put it aside, as our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me. And I will make every effort to see that after my departure you will always be able to remember these things.

Because he had seen Jesus, he wanted to made sure that no one forgot the stories. It was, literally, a sacred trust for him. From his own experience he knew that under pressure people forget things. People act impulsively. People lose control. And one way to help is to get those core truths firmly planted.

So that when they think about you, they remember the stories.