Our Environment

February 8, 2009
by Cassandra Wessel

My dog, Princess, really loves her walks. When we go up the road to a nearby pond, her nose is to the ground the whole way. She sniffs the most interesting smells in her environment. She can tell which rabbit has passed our way. She can tell how long it has been since the ducks have been at the pond. She can scent out the Canadian geese. She knows when the deer have visited to drink from the pond's cool depths. All of this she knows just by smelling her environment.

I observe the environment quite differently. I look at the azure sky dotted with wispy mare's tails, and I know rain is probable. I see the variegated colours of the pond ice and can tell it's not yet frozen solid. The occasional set of cloven hoof prints tells of a passing deer. Myriad rabbit tracks tell of bevies of rabbits. Paw prints tell of passing cats and dogs. I can tell all of this by observing the footprints left on the environment by the creatures who share it with us.

Everything which lives in this world leaves a footprint. These days, we are urged to minimize our energy footprint. We are urged to conserve and leave a minimal environmental footprint. We are urged to be conscious of the impact we have upon our surroundings.

But are we conscious of the spiritual footprint we are leaving? Are we making a positive impact on our environment with our Christian "footprint"? Do we testify to being a Christ-follower with our lifestyle? Can others tell we are believers by the evidence our lives leave behind? Does our walk match our talk? Do we acknowledge Jesus before others in word and deed?

Matthew 10:32-33 – Jesus said, "Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven." (NIV)

Prayer: Lord God, You call us to maximize our spiritual footprint in this spiritually broken world. Enable us to be bold in acknowledging Christ before everyone we encounter. May all we do and say testify to Your loving kindness and saving grace, for we pray in Jesus' name. Amen.

About the author:

Cassandra Wessel <casswessel@ymail.com>
Tionesta, Pennsylvania, USA

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