Sunday, June 23, 2013

Leaving Fingerprints

 We've all heard it said that there are people who come into your life for a brief time and others that stay for longer, but each have their place in shaping you and your identity.

Think about this:  Each time you shake a hand, squeeze a hug or give a little nudge, you are leaving a bit of yourself on that person.  You are leaving fingerprints, evidence that you've been there, that you've somehow entered into that person's life story, even if only for a moment.

Likewise, you are being covered with the fingerprints of others. This last week at General Assembly, I left my fingerprints on a few old friends and received some prints from new ones.  I especially had the privilege of spending extended amounts of time with the delegates from our Asia-Pacific region which included people from Australia and New Zealand, as well as Korea, Japan, Philippines, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand,Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa. . .and the list goes on.

Our region represents 2.8 billion of the world's 7 billion inhabitants with hundreds of distinct language groups, and incredibly diverse cultural heritages and practices.  Our mission is to make Christlike disciples in the nations-particularly within the region where we are, Asia Pacific.  It is our prayer that by leaving our fingerprints on the lives of others in our spheres of influence, we are also leaving the fingerprints of Christ.

What are you doing with your fingerprints?

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