Every fingertip has a pattern of ridges in the skin that is slightly different than every other person’s pattern, even from an identical twin. Therefore, every person leaves their own fingerprint or mark.
Similarly, as followers of Christ, we each leave our spiritual fingerprints on the lives of other people. Truth is, we do not stay on earth forever, but our spiritual imprint can remain on our children, grandchildren, and other people we impact.
Many years ago, John Geddes was a missionary to the Hebrides islands. These islands were heavily populated with cannibals. There were no Christians on these islands. Geddes left such a mark for Christ on those islands that there is a plaque on a church still today that reads: “In memory of John Geddes, when he landed in 1848 there were no Christians here and when he left there were no heathen.”
What mark are we leaving on those we meet? What will be our legacy? Serving the Lord and living for Him does make a difference even though some days are it may not seem so. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:58 reminds us of this truth - “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
Serving the Lord is never useless and always fruitful. There is an old song by Steve Green called “Find Us Faithful” and I love the words.
“After all our hopes and dreams
Have come and gone,
And our children sift thru all
We've left behind,
May the clues that they discover,
And the memories they uncover,
Become the light that leads them,
To the road we each must find.
O may all who come behind us
Find us faithful,
May the fire of our devotion
Light their way.
May the footprints that we leave,
Lead them to believe,”
May we seek to leave a mark for Christ that would lead many to believe.