Remind Them of their Story

My family and I are slowly reading through the first five books of the Bible.  A couple weeks ago we were reading through Exodus 12 and 13.    

In Exodus 12:26-27 there are a couple verses that typically fall through the cracks of what we focus on while reading through these chapters.  This is what it says: 

When your children ask you, what does this ceremony mean to you? - then you will say, ‘it is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, when he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck Egypt and delivered our households.’
— Exodus 12:26-27

Between Exodus 12 and 13 a version this remembrance command is expressed two to three times.  In a nutshell, the author of Exodus is saying, “one day you will be asked, because they will have forgotten”, and your job is to “remind them of who they are and the story they are part of”. 

I think the truth to this text is that through life we all get off track and lose our way.  As parents, we know this painfully well.  As friends, we have lived through the pain of other friends who forget who they are.  That is life.  We all forget who we are at some point.  We all begin to live out of a false identity, a false Identity that seems so real at the moment, and when we lose our way, we need someone or some people to remind us of who we are.  We need people to remember who we are even when we can’t remember or see it ourselves.  We need people who love us so much they are willing to remind us of the story we are part of even when we are deceived into another story.  And I think that’s what’s going on here.  Moses is telling the people, one day your kids, friends, spouses, communities, and relatives are going to forget who they are and the story they are part of, you need to remind them of who they are. 

Sometimes I think the greatest contribution we can make in this life is first and foremost, commit to telling a better story with the life you've been given, and second, inviting others to do the same and reminding those who have forgotten the story they are part of! 

Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you’re going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with life. People love to have lived a great story, but few people like the work it takes to make it happen. But joy costs pain.
— Donald Miller, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years