Don’t write your name on the sand, waves will wash it away.
Don’t write your name in the sky, wind may blow it away.
Write your name in the hearts of people you come in touch with. That’s where it will stay.
While reading my devotional earlier this week I came across this quote and I immediately connected with it because of my love of the ocean. My favorite place that I have frequently visited is the state of Florida. As I was reading the words in this quote I had brilliant memory begin to flash through my thoughts, images quickly took shape and I can almost feel the cool breeze of the night air while watching reflections of the moon bouncing on the ocean waves. I have had the opportunity to view several sunrises and sunsets from the Atlantic coast to the Gulf coast, as well as beautiful Key West. The last line of the quote brings to mind so many great individuals God has placed in my life, I will not be able to give each of them the credit they deserve but I do want to share a few with you. I have a dear friend I met during my freshman year at college, she and I have remained friends over the years and although our connection has been distanced by time and life situations, she has been much like a big sister, a best friend, a role model for being a strong woman, a devoted wife and a dedicated mother. After college, I began to work for an agency providing residential services for individuals with developmental disabilities, I had the opportunity to meet another very passionate, educated and dedicated woman, she had a pure heart and always had time to mentor me and our friendship grew, she left this earth way to early and I often think of her but I know she’s in heaven and singing with the angels. I continue being blessed on a daily basis by God placing people into my life to challenge me to pursue my passions and my purpose in this life. The most valuable lesson I have learned over the past few years has been discovering the true priorities in my life. I know and believe I was created by God, Jeremiah 29:11(NRSV)”For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” As well as being created with a purpose, Isaiah 43:7 (NRSV) “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” At this point in my life I am discovering how to use the gifts that God created within me and I have amazing people in my life right now helping with the process. I have thought at times that I have wasted so much time not doing God’s Will but I know that I am the person I am only because of my life experiences, I need to trust in God and His plans for me. Romans 8:28 (NRSV) “We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.” Lastly, to those individuals in my life not specifically mentioned you are in my heart and mean so very much to me, each of you have left footprints upon my heart. Live into the person God created you to be, it will be amazing.
~Blessings and Peace~