“Each one of you take a stone on your shoulder, one for each of the tribes of Israel. These stones will remind the people of what the Lord has done. In the future, when your children ask what these stones mean to you, you will tell them that the water of the Jordan stopped flowing when the Lord’s Covenant Box crossed the river. These stones will always remind the people of Israel of what happened here.” -Joshua 4:5-7
Throughout the Old Testament, the people of Israel made a point to remember all that God had done for them. Remembering the mighty acts of God was built into the very fabric of the Jewish culture.
Abraham, Jacob, Joshua and Samuel each took time to build a memorial (usually using stones) as a physical way to remind themselves and others of what God had done for them and for His people. When you look at the life of David you see a similar emphasis placed on remembering all that God had done for him and for his people.
It seems that each time David came to a point where he did not have the courage to go on, he would remind himself of the mighty things that God had done for him personally and for his people throughout history. It also seems that the process of remembering the works of God was the very thing that gave him the courage to move forward in the face of the adversity that was before him. As he recalled God’s faithfulness in situation after situation, he gained hope and strength to trust Him again as he moved forward.
Remembering what God has done for us is powerful. It gives us perspective and reminds us that God is faithful and that He can be trusted regardless of the situation we find ourselves in.
In the Jewish culture, fathers and mothers raised their children with an understanding of all that God has done for His people. Religious holidays, ceremonies and rituals were built into the DNA of their culture to ensure that they would never forget what God had done for them. This was a big deal to them. It is still is a huge part of Jewish religious culture today. I’m convinced that we would be much better off if we learned the value of taking time to remember and celebrate all that God has done for us!
As a national staff, we are making plans this spring to celebrate with each of these chapters during their Legacy Weekends this fall. We plan to make a concerted effort to reach out to the hundreds of alumni from these chapters to get the word out about their respective chapter’s Legacy Weekend in the fall. Our desire is to bring as many alumni together as possibly to celebrate the work that God has done in each of these chapters over the past 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.
As we move forward, we’re also excited about celebrating these milestone anniversaries as part of Legacy Weekends for our other chapters in the years ahead. We want to celebrate all that God has done in each of our chapters and we believe implementing these anniversary events will be one way for us to set up a pile of stones to help us remember all that God has done in and through the current and future BYX chapters across the nation!