While much of the world is preparing to “party hardy”, as it were, I have been in somewhat more of a reflective mood. The reason is that I cannot seem to get a devotional I heard earlier in the day out of my mind. It was shared by Ron Hutchcraft on his daily “A Word With You” program.
He spoke about how he and his wife would often go to the beach and take walks together, leaving footprints behind them in the process. Of course, footprints left in the sand at the water’s edge were inevitably destined to be obliterated whenever the next wave came in - usually almost immediately!
By contrast, he observed, footprints made in concrete by the various stars of Hollywood outside Grauman’s Chinese Theater were destined to be around for a whole lot longer!
He then raised the issue of what sort of mark you and I can be said to have made upon this world. What sort of imprint, if any at all, will we have left upon the world whenever we depart this life? Will it be fleeting or lasting?
As I look back over 2019, I am compelled to ask myself what, if anything, I myself have done to leave a lasting imprint upon this world and its inhabitants.
As I have reflected on this, I have also been compelled to ask myself what, if anything, it is that I intend to do in 2020 that will leave a lasting impact on this world and its inhabitants.
In the New Testament Book of Acts (chapter 17, verse 6), we are told of a group of Christians who left quite an impact upon the world: “These are the men who have turned the world upside down and they have now come here also…”
I can only hope that such an epitaph will one day be attached to my own legacy as a follower of Jesus Christ. For this reason, I pray that what time I have left in this world will afford me opportunities galore to leave a lasting impact upon it!
And I intend to spend the coming year seeking opportunities to do just that! I trust you will join me as I do!
ILLUSTRATION SOURCE: https://www.hutchcraft.com/a-word-with-you/your-mission/footprints-the-tide-can-t-touch-8602.
SCRIPTURE SOURCE: https://www.biblehub.com/acts/17-6.htm.