Long walks with my favorite people are simple luxuries I enjoy. My mom and I took one such walk the other weekend. It was a crisp winter day, and the sun was full overhead with no clouds competing for its attention.
Dead leaves crunched beneath my feet. Several were nothing more than finely crushed pieces, which the wind picked up and swept away.
But left behind was an imprint of the leaf’s fine details.
There was no doubt in my mind what had been there. I could even tell what type of leaf it had been because of its shape, which belonged to the turkey oak.
Its imprint made me wonder: what kind of mark am I leaving on those around me? When they see me, whose imprint do they see?
Sure, biologically, they may see that I have my mom’s eyes, and my dad’s hair color. They might recognize my “twinsomeness” tendencies or see a glimpse of my older brother’s smile.
But on a deeper plane, what do they see?
I know they see something. And I know what they’re supposed to see.
In Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, he plainly tells the church there:
You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart. (2 Corinthians 3:2-3 NKJV)
People are reading us – watching us – all the time.
What do they see?
- Do they see a Florida girl who’s pursuing a life of purity (not perfection), one who’s seeking to imitate Christ and honor Him with her life?
- Do they see a daughter, a sister, a friend who genuinely cares about people and shares the love and light of Christ with others?
- Do they see a writer who desires to encourage and inspire others in their daily walk?
That’s what I want them to see. But I know there are days when I fall short of my Maker’s designed imprint.
I might grow impatient, testy. I might not clamp down on an unkind word that I would have done better to swallow.
Praise God for His grace, second chances and a new sunrise every morning.
Take a few minutes to think about how you want to demonstrate God to others, and then give yourself an honest look. How does your walk measure up against the mirror of Scripture? What are your strengths? Weaknesses – or places for improvement?
Does your imprint show a clearly defined child of our Almighty God?