“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:” (Psalms 103:2 KJV)
Just last Monday April 13, 2020, I turned 46 — it was a day of celebration, reflections, recognitions and unfettered gratitude. In my reflections and recognitions, I updated my investors’ journal — because between the last review and now, some new investors have emerged that invested heavily in the person I have become and still becoming. Since 2017, I have kept this book or register of investors —which I call my investors’ journal. I learned this practice from my wisdom mentor — Dr. Mike Murdock.
I’ve maintained this register to acknowledge and recognize those who have invested in me in one way or the other. Just like corporate bodies are statutorily required to maintain a register of shareholders. This register, among other reasons, helps corporations in identifying the shareholders and their holdings at the time of reward by way of distributable profits. Investors have rights and privileges!
There was a time I meditated on our golden text above, and I started probing within me why the Psalmist used a negative phrase, “forget not” to convey a positive cognitive behavior. Why didn’t he use the word—remember instead of forget not? I discovered that man is limited in his memory— and he’s susceptible to selective amnesia. Someone said, “The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.” And an old Chinese proverb says that “the faintest ink is more powerful than the strongest memory.”
Even God Who knows the end from the beginning and all things lay bare before Him— The Omniscient God, has a book of remembrance according to Malachi the prophet (Mal.3:16). The Psalmist and John in his revelations told us about the book of life. (Ps.69:28; Rev.17:8) If God in His all surpassing wisdom would document our good works for due reward— then, we need to ingrain it in our daily standard operating procedure.
Kings are record keepers and as a king you need to keep your own record of good deeds. Imagine if King Ahasuerus never kept any records— Mordecai may not have been recognized for honor and promotion. Then, imagine the collateral damage it could have had on the entire Jewish nation. (Esther 6 &7)
One thing writing or documentation does, among other things, is that it establishes the certainty of thought by capturing fleeing and fleeting cognition. “Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge, That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?” (Prov. 22:20-21)
And cognitive behaviors must manifest in recognizable actions to be appreciated. Having an investor journal is a certain way to empower your cognition unto recognition of your benefactors. I remember an African adage that says, “If you can think, you can thank.”
Howbeit, it takes an attitude of gratitude to move from recognition to gratitude. To develop this attitude, you must ask the Spirit of grace to help you in the following areas:
1. Accept the incontrovertible fact that there’s no independent candidate in life—we’re all products of relationships.
2. Acknowledge God as your greatest Benefactor.
3. Acknowledge those that have helped you directly or indirectly.
4. Document the blessings you receive from God —and openly testify of His benevolence.
5. Document the kindness or good people render to you— then, openly and privately express your gratitude. Hear this: gratitude not expressed is ingratitude.
6. Replicate the blessings received in others by giving yourself away for the greater good of society.
7. And above all, have the mind of Christ —you’ll flow in ceaseless gratitude all the days of your beautiful life.
In conclusion, I wish to crave your indulgence to thank very specially everyone that called, prayed, sent messages or gifts on my birthday. I pray that the Lord of abundant harvest will cause your banks to overflow with His blessings. And I sincerely request for your continuous prayers.
Remain ever beautified!