Easy to forget

There was a constant low hum whenever I would fire up my old record player to spin some vinyl. It definitely took away the music’s beauty that was trying to escape from the record’s grooves.

I knew better. There’s a thing called grounding. I knew that if the record player wasn’t grounded, it would hum. But that fact got buried in the clutter of life. I took a few minutes to look at the back of the record player and couldn’t find where the grounding wire was supposed to plug in. So I gave up.

the grounding wire at the back of the turntableSeveral months later, I checked again. Buried under an overhanging part of the back of the record player was a little hole. I pushed the grounding wire in there, and voila, the hum disappeared.

How often I forget stuff I know. (How much easier life would be if I applied what I know!)

Here are a few concepts that I keep forgetting – any maybe you do too.

  • When I treat the people around me with love, they will often love me back. It’s way too easy to get into business mode and be short; gentleness works much better. Luke 6:31 – Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
  • Be thankful – and more than just on Thanksgiving. Don’t just be thankful – but share what I’m thankful about with others. Psalm 105:1 – Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done.
  • Generosity doesn’t just benefit the person I’m giving to – it benefits me. 1 Timothy 6:18b-19a …be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way, they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age…

What are some things you keep forgetting?

Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday.