Do not remember the former things,
or consider the things of old.
19 I am about to do a new thing;
now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
There's a viral video going around featuring some college students playing Wheel of Fortune.
One of the students, Julian, has all the letters of the puzzle guessed but blows the pronunciation.
He pronounces the name, "Ah-chill-ess" rather than "Ack-ill-ease". According to the rules, this is considered a wrong answer.
Evidently, he had a pretty large sum of money on the line as well.
It's one thing to embarrass yourself but on television? Now with the internet, it's even worse. The worst of the worst lives on in infamy.
Fortunately, we don't have to define ourselves by our poor actions. God allows us to come back from bone-headedness and even to thrive.
As we continue in Holy Week, we can see that the disciples had some missteps that were a lot worse than blunders. They fall asleep when they should be praying. They run away in fear when Jesus is arrested. They deny him to strangers. They even betray him for money. Not a great week for them to remember at all.
Outside of Judas, all of them went on to bigger and better things for which they are remembered.
They weren't defined by their weakness but through identifying with Christ.
We've all got things we would like to forget. How is it that you want to be remembered?