• Heidi J. Smith

What Fingerprints Are You Leaving?

Only one life 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last. - C.T. Studd

Photo credit to Sharon McCutcheon from Pexels

Please don't judge me as you read this post.

Early in the morning as I prepared to teach online, I spilled my green tea all over my laptop! I know, why am I so clumsy? Why didn't I have a lid?

I usually set my tea cup on a small table beside my work station and sip my tea between students, but I was chilled and tried to drink it quickly. When I reached for my pen, I bumped my mug, and the warm liquid soaked my keypad.:(

I panicked and uttering a HELP prayer, while I grabbed a towel and yelled for Jeff.

My tech-savvy husband working on my laptop for a few minutes and reported that it was dead. He rigged up an i-pad for me to use, and thankfully, I was able to teach most of my classes.

After drying the laptop with a hair dryer, it was still lifeless so my husband purchased a new laptop. It is fancy and only requires your fingerprint to sign in!

Fingerprints, like our lives, are unique. Each fingerprint pinpoints an identity and activity, and each life points to a certain time in history. The wise person impacts people for eternity, while the foolish person misses opportunities.

What impact are we leaving?

When my kids were little, they left tiny fingerprints on windows and doors and trails of Goldfish and Cheerios. Sometimes I would get frustrated by the constant mess, but now I realize it was only for a season. The baby fingerprints are gone.

Now that we have teenagers, the fingerprints mark the fridge, technology, and steering wheel! Yikes! And soon these prints will be gone, too.

What about my life? I'm in my forties, and according to statistics, my life could be half over. What fingerprints am I leaving?

As I reflect and compare my life with others, inadequacy fills me. I am only one person. Can I really make a difference? Others have more talent than I do. Why should I use my abilities?

Yet, God created me in His image (Genesis 1:27) and knitted me inside the womb (Psalm 139:13). He made me and you just the way He wanted. Unique. Special.

We should use our hands and feet for Jesus rather than compare our differences.

We can leave fingerprints by...

1. Believing in Jesus.

"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?" Mark 8:36 BSB

"But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name." John 20:31 ESV

2. Telling people about Jesus.

"The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise." Proverbs 11:30 BSB

3. Doing good works for Jesus.

"So we aspire to please Him, whether we are here in this body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive his due for the things done in the body, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 BSB

Just as my laptop "died," we will too. May we use our time wisely by believing in Jesus, telling others about Jesus, and doing good works.

Lord, please help us to use our hands and feet for you. May we impact others for You.

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