(3rd in the 4 part series)
Saturday Morning Devotional
My Footprints in the Sand
When you have the opportunity to walk along the beach early in the morning, you notice things. Without all of the other beach goers, it is quiet, and things do not get disturbed as easily. That was the case a few weeks ago when I turned around and noticed my footprints in the sand.
Immediately the poem “Footprints in the Sand” came to mind. Then other questions started flashing in my mind:
- Who is following in your footsteps?
- What kind of example are you setting?
- Where are you leading them?
- Are you carrying anyone?
Who is Following in Your Footprints?
Unless you live completely secluded from everyone and have no Internet (which leaves you out if you are reading this), you have some sort of influence on someone.
- People you encounters only once
- Co-workers & peers
- Casual friends & distant relatives
- Close friends
- Immediate family
Regardless of the relationship, you will leave some sort of impression on their lives – the deeper the relationship, the deeper the impression. You never know who may be following in your footprints.
What Kind of Example Are You Setting?
- How do you react?
- What is your demeanor?
- How do you treat people?
- What things do you do?
- Where do you go?
- What do you say?
Since we all have people around us on whom we will have some sort of impact, we should determine to make them positive ones. Let them see a good example as they step in our footprints.
Where Are You Leading Them?
We live in a beautiful world that the Lord created! However, when sin entered in, so did pain and heartache. There are so many hurting people out there, and we run into them daily. So many do not know where to turn for help. We can share all sorts of resources, but if we do not share the One True Healer, we have done them a disservice. We need to lead them to the One Who “carries them” when there is only one set of footprints.
Are You Carrying Anyone?
Just like “The Footprints” poem, the Lord is always with us and carries us when we are struggling. However, there are times that He uses us to be the carrier. He equips us and calls us to be there for hurting people. Are you carrying anyone?
The Footprints in the Sand Challenge
As we determine to make a positive impact on the people around us, expect the tides of the world to try and wash it away. The key is persistence! Keep stepping out and leaving your footprints in the sand for people to follow.
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness…”
The Good News
If you noticed in the pictures, there are more footprints than just mine. We are all in this together! We can work together, encourage each other, and pray for one another as we set forth. In doing so, we will be more effective.
Even the birds left footprints!
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