The other night my husband came home late from work. The rest of the house were already in bed asleep, so he crept in quietly so no one would be woken.
The next morning we got up and found muddy footprints all through the house. Let’s just say you didn’t have to be a CSI agent to be able to tell whose muddy footprints they were and where they had travelled in the house.
Clearly, in the darkness, my husband had not realised how much mud had gathered on his shoes and he certainly hadn’t seen the grimy trail he had left behind him. But in the light of day it had all become clear.
God has given each of us the ability to choose whichever path we want to walk. But every path has consequences.
It just so happened that the muddy path my husband walked literally left dirty prints everywhere. However, we can figuratively walk muddy paths as well. They are the roads we choose to take that don’t build up others, don’t develop the Kingdom of God and don’t allow us to be all God has created us to be. And those paths can have dirty consequences.
But then there are the paths that are fulfilling and enlightening and build and develop good things in others. The footprints they leave behind are the type that positively impact hearts rather than those that muddy the waters.
Let’s not be the type of people who haphazardly choose our future paths on how we feel, but let’s consider wisely the choices we have been blessed to make.
Lord, give me Your wisdom to make the right choices. May I follow Your paths in where I should go. Amen.
What kind of footprints are you leaving behind?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.