Kevin and I prayer walk an asphalt trail that is about 3/4ths of a mile around a church, a wooded area and large field. This morning I noticed big paw tracks from a dog that extended for quite a ways along the trail. If I was trained, I could tell by the size of the prints the approximate size of the dog that left its mark. Instead I could only see the obvious—a dog walked in a muddy field and then wandered across the path we were walking.
3 John 3,4—For I was very glad when some brothers came and testified to your faithfulness to the truth—how you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Every day, you and I leave tracks; most of the time we are oblivious to this. But unless we are isolated, someone sees us or notices the sign that we were there. The best tracks we can leave come from a steadfast adherence to the truth. When we live according to the way Jesus desires, we positively impact people. Our holy footprints testify that we are faithful.
There is an African proverb that says, “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try spending the night in a closed room with a mosquito.” God does not just love us because it is a godly thing to do. He loves us so that we are transformed. He wants us to follow His truth because He knows that when we obey Him, our lives are fulfilled and become an encouragement to others. We can and should walk in such a way that a blessing is left far beyond our actual presence.
Lord, help us walk in Your truth, so that even when we are gone, people still see the signs that You were there!
People don’t listen to you speak; they watch your feet.—Anonymous
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)