“You have seen all that the LORD your God has done
to all these nations because of you, for the LORD your God
is He who has fought for you.”

Joshua 23:3, NKJV

The good life seems to elude many people. Perhaps one of the reasons is that we do not know what the good life is. The good life needs to be defined.

The Old Testament story of Israel journeying to the Promised Land is not the narrative of going to heaven. The Promised Land is an illustration of victorious Christian living. When the Israelites arrived in the Promised Land there was sin in the land. There is no sin in heaven. Upon arriving, the Scripture declares that they possessed the whole land. (Joshua 11:25)

The patriarchal leader, Joshua, then began to fade physically and he knew he was about to die. When patriarchs were near death, they always gave their last words to the family. Since Joshua was the leader of the Israelites, he gathered the leadership around him and gave his final words. It is interesting to note that these words, recorded in Joshua 23, describe a very fascinating concept. Six times in the chapter he refers to the words “good life.” Joshua is reminding his followers that there is a good life. The good life is described in this chapter (Joshua 23:11-16)..

The question is this. What is the good life? There are five elements to a good life. One of these elements is to develop good memories. Shakespeare wrote, “Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind.” It is important to develop good memories. The bad memories of the past are gone. There are those people who we need to forgive or perhaps mistakes and sins we need to confess. Nevertheless, the past is the past. What you and I do today becomes tomorrow’s memories. Develop some good memories. Those moments with your spouse or children are some of life’s golden opportunities to develop good memories. Do not miss those opportunities. They are special.

QUESTION: Think back to a good memory you have recently had with your family and evaluate what made it a good memory? Set out to make a memory today.