Souvenirs

Gift Box gift shop in Olcott Beach, New York.

Gift Box gift shop in Olcott Beach, New York.

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines souvenir as “something that serves as a reminder.”

In the fall of 2012 I was privileged to be able to go on a trip to Olcott, New York. We stayed in a cottage next to the Newfane Marina. I was within a short walk of Lake Ontario. My father-in-law paid for the trip, and it was a real blessing to be able to go. He and some friends were going for the fishing, and I was going for the opportunity to take some photos.

This photo is of the Gift Box souvenir gift shop not far from where we were staying. A short walk down over the hill and you are face to face with the grandeur of Lake Ontario looking from New York into Canada. I also got to see Niagara Falls for the first time in my life. I really enjoyed the trip, and the souvenirs I brought back were photos like this one and good memories.

Most souvenirs from trips are small items such as a keychain or the ever present snow globe that is probably sold in gifts shops around the world. Souvenirs most often get put away, and it may be years before they are seen again. When we do run across an old souvenir from a long ago trip, fond memories come flooding back.

We remember the sights, the smells, the laughter and all of the good times. However, there are other events in our lives that we take souvenirs from that are not so pleasant. We can hang onto reminders of our past. After all, they are memories no matter if they are unpleasant.

The thing is that our enemy really likes to take any opportunity that he can to dig up those old souvenirs from wounds or sins of long ago. He wants to build offense and fear, and he also wants to make us feel worthless. When he tries to do that, keep in mind what Jesus said in John 10:10. Also, remember what Jesus said about Satan being a liar in John 8:44. Let Psalms 103:12 be a comfort to you.

You may not be able to forget the past, and maybe even some unsaved friends are more than willing to remind you of it. However, none of those old souvenirs are yours anymore. Jesus paid the price for all of them on the cross. Remember what Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:17 about you being a new creation in Christ!