Our complicated lives have many concerns, but this generation has one that never troubled the over-30-year-olds as children. Even in pre-school, children are taught to be conscientious and minimalist about the “carbon footprints” that they are leaving on this earth. Of course, environment conscientiousness is important. The issue is that we can be made to feel like intruders, where our presence isn’t wanted, on this earth, even though this is our home.
From exhaling to recycling, the number grows and enlarges our theoretical carbon footprint. The message to us is that we should be certain to pass through life having made the most minuscule impact possible on our earth. It can make someone feel like apologizing for living, for taking from the air and water, with little thought or credit for any positive contributions we have made to the earth and its inhabitants.
The message to us is that we should be certain to pass through life having made the most minuscule impact possible on our earth.
Golden footprints are representative of the positive and eternally important things that we do for God’s glory and purposes. Wherever we walk, we leave a trail. The internet is illustrative of this. Wikipedia describes what an internet (or browser or web) cookie is; “a small piece of data sent from a website and stored in the user's web browser while the user is browsing.”
The purpose of a cookie is to keep track of the interactions that took place between the computer user and the website. Every click on our computer is recorded and cookies collect and pile up on our computers. They continually exchange information with outside parties.
Some people aren’t aware of this. They wonder why pop-up advertisements are so alluring. This is because they are personalized according to your surfing history, and your previously recorded interests become subject to aggressive marketing, for good, or for bad. You are being watched, so to speak, and what comes onto your screen was sent by strangers. These strangers acknowledge that your actions matter to them.
Imagine that our actual lives are recorded, every breath and every step, every thought and every deed. This is actually how it is. All of these things fall within two categories, according to Scripture. There are works that are living, and works that are dead. God cares very much about the moments that make up our lives. Luke 12:7 says, “Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Dead works are things that we think and do outside of God’s leading and blessing.
There is no point to our doing our own thing. We are meant to work with, and through, the Holy Spirit. We can build entire kingdoms of our own design, without accomplishing one eternally important thing. With the Holy Spirit’s leading, we embrace our destinies. God has plans for us all, and His plans are optimal. (See Jeremiah 29:11)
Sinful thoughts and acts are also dead works. Sin leads to death. Praise God! He promises that He forgets our confessed sins (see Psalm 103:11-12). God can work all things for good even when we do sin (see Romans 8:28), and the repented of sin, itself, is removed from His memory. We are no longer condemned as a result of this sin. (See Romans 8:1) Jesus paid the price for it.
The opposite of dead works are living works. Scripture also calls these things “fruit that will last.” John 15:16 talks about such fruit, and how we work together with God to do His will;
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit--fruit that will last--and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
The good news is that, regardless of our past, present and future life choices, we have the rest of our lives to do it right. Every day we can choose to leave a positive mark on the earth, with golden footprints. Each of our steps can be taken with the intent of leaving a positive spiritual impact on those around you.
You are significant and can have a significant impact on heaven! The world is telling each of us that we should hold back and make less of an impact, even in the carbon dioxide that we exhale. God is telling us the opposite; make an difference, leave a trail!
You are significant and can have a significant impact on heaven!
2 Corinthians 12:20 tells us that “we are ambassadors for Christ.” In fact, in John 14:12, Jesus says;
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
“Establish my footsteps in Your word,
And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.
Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.
Make Your face shine upon Your servant,
And teach me Your statutes.”
Think of the path that you are leaving. When our paths are retraced, will our footprints record wonderful things that we did, things that surpassed to works of our loving Savior? Should we look down upon the earth, will we see our golden footsteps decorating our homes, towns, nation and world? God bless you as you take your next steps for Jesus, and His Kingdom.