Archive for October 12th, 2008

One Month to Live – Day 28 – Footprints

Today’s chapter is about footprints and leaving a lasting impression.  The authors compare the current “green” focus on the environment with our need to leave a lasting spiritual footprint in the lives of those around us.  I love that analogy.  In order to do that we have to get “incredibly intentional about the kind of impression we are making on other people’s lives”.  Those words are so very true.  Legacy is intentional.  Legacy requires us to really focus and be intentional with our 168 hours every week.  But that does not mean we are intentional by focusing on what we have done.  A spiritual impact comes from God, and what God does through us, not from me, myself or I.  Sometimes we lose sight of the way a spiritual footprint happens.

 

If we are not careful, we begin to think that making an impact is about us.  While we are a very important part of that picture, a spiritual footprint is all about God.  And it deals with the verse from God’s word that really puts it all in focus.  We are sinners, every one of us, and we can be cleaned up by the power of God’s hand through Jesus Christ if we will only accept His grace.  That is how we make a spiritual impact and leave an eternal legacy.  We lead people to the cross.  We help them experience the love of God and show them the power of the throne.  It is never about you or me really.  It is about what God has done in my life and yours, and helping another see how God could do the same in their life.  That is the greatest legacy we could leave.  It isn’t about us – but our way of leaving footprints is to live life in a way that others come to see the power of God at work in our lives.  That is how we make a difference – that is the way we leave a spiritual legacy – we live our life in a way that others can see and join into the experience we have with Jesus as our personal savior and Lord.  We invite them to do life with us and we make investment into them day after day sharing God’s power and love.  I leave you with the famous words I am sure most of you have already read many times over.  But the reminder is so very true – Jesus does carry us – and we need to share that truth with those in our circle of influence…..

 

Footprints in the Sand

 

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.

 

In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.

 

This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,

 

“You promised me Lord,

that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”

 

The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”

 

Mary Stevenson, 1936

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