Joshua 4:5-7

And Joshua said to them, Pass on before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and take up each of you a stone upon his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the people of Israel,
that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, What do those stones mean to you? Then you shall tell them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it passed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. So these stones shall be to the people of Israel a memorial forever.

Yesterday turned out to be a quite unique Thanksgiving. Patrina and I left home early this morning and eventually made our way to Sweetwater, Tennessee where we parked our camper behind a local barbeque restaurant.

While we were setting things up, one of the owners of the restaurant stopped by and invited us to join their family dinner inside the restaurant and so we did. We met a family of good people and shared a Thanksgiving meal. These interactions with people are some of the most meaningful experiences for us. Whether we have traveled overseas and worked with missionaries or have encountered new friends from others parts of the country, it is the people we remember.

When was the last time you sat down and made a list of the things you are thankful for? Do you look back on your life and see key moments of joy or crisis where God has displayed his power in your life?

Do you remember stories others have told you? your parents? grandparents? a friend?

God realized the importance of a milestone in the lives of His people on many occasions, but after Israel finally entered the Promised Land, He instructed Joshua to take 12 stones and create a memorial.

Think of the memorial “stones” in your life. They will build your confidence and the confidence of others.