The name of this blog is “faith footprint”. Many of us are aware of the term “carbon footprint”, referring to the impact we make on our environment (typically in negative terms such–how bad a footprint have we made?). I am concerned for the environment, but I am also aware of the reality that it will eventually be destroyed and recreated. So something else has to be more important. That something else is our relationship with the Lord.
So, a good question is what impact does our life make on the faith of others?
But that question leads to a lot of other questions.
What footprint does my decision to go to a baseball game instead of worshiping with the Lord make? Not just in my life, but in my kids’ lives, in their kids’ lives.
What footprint does a commitment to love my wife whether I “feel” like it or not leave? On me on her, on our kids, on our grandkids?
What footprint does my repentance from a sin–even a small sin–that others can see make?
What footprint does my prayer make?
What footprint will be left by inviting a neighbor or a friend to come to church with me on Easter Sunday?
Can I even know? Will I ever know?
Maybe not. But I know the footprint is there. I know that even something small I do now can be magnified beyond my imagination in the lives of others I touch.
If I touch them.
If I let God touch them through me.
I sometimes get so caught up with the “big” things I forget the importance of the “little” things. But God doesn’t. He uses them.
If I let him.