Impressions in the Sand

Walking along the beach of Jekyll Island, GA I noticed a footprint that was perfectly pressed into the dark sand. It would not remain there for long with the strong sea breeze and rising tide, but for a brief time someone left an impression of themselves on the island.

Have you given much thought to the impression you leave behind in those areas you walk everyday? When people consider the interactions they had with you, do they remember your smile, your friendliness, your helpfulness, your servant heart, your godly character? Or do they talk about how you were rude, dishonest, mean, selfish or uncaring?

How would you feel if your children, grandchildren, friends, coworkers, neighbors and strangers treated you the same way you treat them?

The Apostle Paul walked such a godly life that he could say to others, "Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ." (1 Corinthians 11:1) Can you say the same?

God's law to the Israelite nation included, "Love your neighbor as yourself." (Leviticus 19:18)

Jesus said, "Do to others as you would have them do to you." (Luke 6:31) 

Just as this footprint was clearly visible for only a short time, most people will not remember much about your interactions with them tomorrow unless the imprint you left meant something special.

How does a person make both a tangible and lasting difference in another's life? Meditate on Peter's words below and I believe you will find your answer.

If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)


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