On this sandy, pebbly beach, we see some tracks. In this case it was probably from a vehicle that tows boats to and fro from the water. But it does make me think.
What tracks are we leaving behind us?
Are we leaving a legacy of greatness for ourselves or a legacy of servitude to God. The need to do well is not a sin and we all strive to do well, but I think there has to be a line and a way of living where we can live with a mindfulness of what is God’s expectations. We need to be prepared to pause and help at any moment, and yet still aim to deliver good work. We may be called upon to make sacrifices to use our gifts for God, and this we must be willing to do and do so in a loving manner like it is no problem at all.
Our legacy is that people should look back at our life and think that there could be no other explanation than God was at work in our lives.
Too often I have been puffed up with myself to actually stop and listen to what is happening around me, only to be shamed when I jump into half the conversation on a joke and be shamed that someone actually needs prayers.
God calls us to be mindful of him and to expect the unexpected, because God works in miraculous ways every day. Even when things are looking very bleak God seems to have the calming presence that He reaches into the story and changes it at the last minute. Why He waits I can not say, as He is God and He knows the long game. But He has put the Holy Spirit within us to know what God is thinking.
We must walk with a mindfulness of God and on the long game, gradually taking a step at a time and listening for God call. Gradually building God’s house brick by brick.
4 Make me to know your ways, O Lord;
teach me your paths.
5 Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long.