“For I pass on to you what I received from the Lord himself. On the night when he was betrayed, the Lord Jesus took some bread and gave thanks to God for it. Then he broke it in pieces and said, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, he took the cup of wine after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant between God and his people—an agreement confirmed with my blood. Do this in remembrance of me as often as you drink it.” - 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Our family makes a big deal when a special day or anniversary comes along. Now, I know many men have found themselves in the doghouse for forgetting a wedding anniversary or birthday. We set a notification to remind us of the special day. It might even help the process a bit if we were to set reminders weeks in advance so we have time to purchase a gift or a card. No man wants to be “that guy” wandering aimlessly in the stationery section of the store or paying the excessive shipping costs on a gift we NEED here tomorrow! Guilty as charged!
What about the other people in our lives? Have you noted the birthdays and anniversaries of friends and co-workers? Employees? People who serve you on a regular basis? They may not need the token Hallmark card and gift, but a simple acknowledgment speaks volumes. If you think that will “wow” them, try remembering their kid's birthdays or the death anniversary of a family member!
When we remember special or significant moments in others’ lives, it lets them know they are noticed and not just a passing thought. In the case of the death of a friend or loved one, it also shows that you’re engaging in their pain. It’s a tremendous comfort to be remembered and thought of.
TRY IT: Do you have a friend or co-worker who’s lost a loved one this year? Do some googling and find out what the date was and set a reminder to say something encouraging to them during that time.