One of my passions is scrapbooking. I love to see pages come together with awesome papers and embellishments. However, a scrapbook page needs pictures and a story to come alive. Even though I am a paper addict, if I don’t tell a story on the page with pictures and/or words, it’s not a scrapbook page.
I became an avid scrapbooker about 14 years ago. My husband and I had just started dating, so I have been able to capture the memories we’ve made as a family from our dating years through our wedding and births of our children. We have pages from many special events such as vacations and birthdays. But I think the most special pages in our albums are the ones that just show an ordinary event but tell a story about our child or family that happened at that time.
I have pages that tell the stories of special characteristics of my children that I noticed in their pre-school years. One page relates the story of my son’s bravery as he battled through a time of seizures. Another page lists the qualities that I noticed in my daughter.
Deuteronomy 4:9 says, “But watch out! Be careful never to forget what you yourself have seen. Do not let these memories escape from your mind as long as you live! And be sure to pass them on to your children and grandchildren.” (NLT) God says in His Word that it is our duty to pass on to our children and grandchildren what we have seen God do in our lives. Now, I’m not saying that He commands us to scrapbook. (I wish! My husband would probably understand my obsession better!) But, He does charge us with the responsibility of telling the story.
“What story?’ you ask. Well, whatever story God has given you. It could be that you need to tell the story of your growing up years. Maybe something has happened in your child’s life that He is calling you to remember. There are many stories to be told. Ask God to show you what story He wants you to tell.
One of my favorite scrapbooks is one my dad and I created together. He scanned in old pictures from our family dating back to the 1800s. We assembled a book that began with the oldest picture we had up to the present time with a picture of my dad and his siblings. We told the stories of his parents, their ancestors and children. It was a simple book created with a digital scrapbook program, but it spoke volumes about our family history.
I hope if you’ve not told your story that you will consider doing so. Whether through a scrapbook with pictures or just a journal, you can leave a legacy that honors God.
I’d love to hear how you tell your story. Leave a comment and share your thoughts.