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That Reminds Me: Countless Ways to Think About God in the World

Just look around.

The examples and artifacts that surround you can help you live within the Christian biblical worldview. Call them object lessons, if you will.

As I look at my desk, I see a variety of artifacts that serve to remind me of what I know and believe from Scripture. Let me share a few of these. I see a blood pressure cuff, a line-up of paper file folders, family photos, my LEA name tag, dust, and a calendar. What does this mean?

It means that I should fear and love God because He loved me first and continues to remind me of His blessings. Through…

Blood pressure cuff
Data to prove that God continues to give me life. Though sometimes my cuff runneth over, God provides brainy medical people who figure out ways to keep physical faults and fragilities under control.

Paper file folders—the kind that threatens nasty paper cuts
With a memory running around 2K, I have a way to counter forgetting. Yes, I have my computer right next to several paper files—a peculiarity of aging—but I also have my old-fashioned way of doing things that work. When it comes to old-fashioned ways of learning about my salvation, I have the oldest “book” in the world—several Bibles backed up by several more electronic Bibles. The Bible never gets old.

Family photos
God cares about my SEL! And He gave me people to care about.

Name tag.
The many times I’ve misplaced my name tag remind me of the many times I’ve misplaced my identity as a saint—a forgiven child of God “created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for” me to do (Eph. 2:10).


Dust occupies rarely used real estate on my desk. It whispers, “Dust to dust…” (Gen. 3:19) and helps me with humility.

Yow! Never an end of things to do! Many days swell with items in the “good works” category, though all my Sundays are blank.

It’s not that I have nothing to do, but it reminds me that worship is without question and also that God wants His children to set aside rest time. The calendar reminds me that He has my name on His calendar every day.

Try it. Just look around. And remember, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lam. 3::22–23 ESV).

Praise God for all the common things in life. Tell your students about them and what they mean to you. Encourage students in the habit of looking around too.

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Photo by Treehugger / Sanja Kostic

Ed Grube is LEA’s Director of Communications, having served 27 years as a Lutheran school principal and 23 years in national Lutheran ministries.

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