Footprints in Eternity

by Rodney Thomas

Have you ever been to Glen Rose, Texas and seen the footprints of prehistoric creatures that are preserved in the rocks there? They are fascinating; they look so clear; many of them look like
they were made yesterday, and yet scientists tell us that they were made millions of years ago. These footprints are made in what is rock today, but when they were made the ground was soft enough for the material to absorb the outline of that foot and the impression to be left behind. Evidently fossilized footprints are really rare compared to how many footprints were made and then have disappeared.

I wonder if we realize that the things we do today are a bit like those footprints. Most of what we do will be washed away, or forgotten, but there is a chance that some of what we do will be preserved. It will be preserved not just for a few thousand years, or even a few million years, but for all of eternity. When I was young I thought carefully about what I wanted to devote my life to doing. I considered becoming a medical doctor: I love science and especially biology. I was even offered a scholarship at LCU to study biology. In the end I chose to go into theology.

I chose theology because no matter how good I might be as a doctor, I was ultimately going to lose all of my patients to the ravages of death. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to be involved in something that lasted longer than just this lifetime. I wanted to make footprints that would be preserved into eternity. I wanted to join with Jesus. The impact of Jesus, and His footprints will not just be remembered in this world, they continue into the next. What He does has lasting value and will not be eroded by death, or time, or the efforts of others.

I pray each day for God to use me in His plans and in His making footprints that will last. I am reminded of the words of Paul to the church in Philippi: God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world 16 because you hold on to the word of life. This will allow me to say on the day of Christ that I haven’t run for nothing or worked for nothing. 17 But even if I am poured out like a drink offering upon the altar of service for your faith, I am glad. I’m glad with all of you. 18 You should be glad about this in the same way. Be glad with me! Philippians 2:13-18(CEB)

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