Scripture (2 Cor 5:10, Mtw 12:36) tells us that we will have to give an account of our deeds, including specific words and actions, after we die. Logically, we have to conclude that we will be able to remember what we did and said while we are on earth.
I think because heaven seems so unknown and different than earth, I often think I will become a completely new being when I get to heaven. Yet, knowing that I will have to account for my actions and words on earth once I get to heaven helps me to bridge the gap between the two. I will still be me, good and bad, when I get to heaven. Heaven is a step after earth, part of a progression in my life.
This post was inspired by the book In Light of Eternity by Randy Alcorn.