Footprints In Granite
Everything, and everyone, leave a mark in this worldâ€”footprints if you willâ€” from the amber glow of a sunset to the pungent and disgusting smell of a skunk. Every human life leaves an epitaph, a footprint if you please. What a shame if the only footprint you leave behind for people to read is in granite.
Take a stroll through a cemetery; it is a library of one sentence footprints memorialized in granite. How sad if no one takes the time to share their life events for others to feel, touch, and live. Why leave it up to another to chisel a one-sentence biography?
We weep at tragic deaths, laugh at outrageous antics, and snarl at insensitive cruelties. When death closes the final chapter, the book slams shut, but your footprints remain. Wouldnâ€™t we be cheated if you didnâ€™t share your passion, your fears, or your dreams with others?
I want to leave my footprints, but not only in actions. I want to leave them with words. I want to touch someoneâ€™s soul with my pen; leave for others a laugh, a sigh, a cringe, or a tear; to know what it feels like to have your heart ripped out at the loss of a loved one, to gasp at a dim-witted adventure. I want them to giggle uncontrollably at outrageous indiscretions of my youth, and scratch their heads as dumb gets dumber during my fool-hearted escapades. Or, make their skin crawl when I surprise a diamondback rattlesnake or was it the other way around?. I want that to be my legacy. What will be yours?
â€œThen I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, â€˜Write: â€˜â€˜Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on:â€™ â€œYes,â€ says the Spirit. That they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow themâ€ (Revelations 14:13) NKJV.
Will you live a life that leaves footprints on the hearts of those that are immediately moved by your love, generosity, and patience. Or, maybe your adventurous and talented gifts from God will move them to follow in your steps, But donâ€™t stop there. Leave a story with your children or grandchildren, a poem with your community, a testimony with your church family, or a book to memorialize your spirit. But, most importantly of all, donâ€™t just leave a one-line footprint on your granite headstone.
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I enjoyed the imagery and the deep, challenging message you explored.
You have definitely touched my soul with your words. I thought this was quite unique and I enjoyed it immensely.
Very nicely worded. Well thought out. I enjoyed your story.
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