Footprints in the Sand


A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to join several other MomLife Today Contributors in Naples, Florida. Not only did I get to know and learn from some incredible women…I also was able to have time by myself to think, reflect, and pray.  (I know, I know…this has been a fantasy of mine for a long time now too. I consider myself extremely blessed to have had such an amazing opportunity.)

As I was walking along the beach this past week, I noticed the temporary nature of the footprints I saw in the sand. Some left deep indentions while others barely showed up on the surface…but no matter what, they were all washed away when a large wave came.

This is like our lives. We are all so very temporary and we will all eventually ‘disappear’. At any moment, a ‘wave’ could claim any one of us. And even though there still may be a hint of that footprint after the first wash out, eventually after a few waves even that will be gone.

While reflecting on this metaphor to life, I noticed that the deeper the impressions, the longer the parts of the indentation lasted with the pummeling of the next few waves…even if the footprint itself wasn’t completely recognizable.

This is how I want my life to be.

I want to leave a deep indention on this earth, not for myself, but in the name of Jesus so that the generations that come after me will recognize Him working through me. After the first wave, all that will be lasting and recognizable is the work of God in my life. Everything else will be washed away…quite literally.

But my prayer is that the lasting legacy will be the faith that is passed down to our children and our children’s children. So even when we are dead and gone…our lineage will continue to be one of faith in God.




  1. I’d say mission accomplished, Janae! You have touched thousands with your blog. Your teaching ideas and sharing of your faith make all of our homes a better place.

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