I walked on the beach some time ago and noticed the footprints in the sand. I admit that I am usually more interested in watching the sunset or the waves crash on the shore, than to pay attention to peoples’ footprints. But footprints can tell us about the kind of people that leave them. They can tell us if the person is an adult or a child. If they are flat-footed or have high arches? They can tell us if the person has a friend or had to walk alone. In the same way, the things we do leave a “footprint” that reveal who we are and what is important to us. It got me thinking, what kind of impression am I leaving on this earth?
We use many phrases to talk about this sort of thing. Sometimes we say, “I want to leave my mark” or “I want to make a difference” or “I want to leave a legacy.” I believe all of us, at least at some level, are conscious of how we live our lives and the kind of impact that our lives are making in this world. “I want my life to mean something!” is the cry of many disillusioned people today. What kind of a life does that look like? How can we make an impact on this world that lasts long after we die?
I heard someone say, “There are only two things in life that last. God’s Word (The Bible) and people.” God’s words are timeless. They are applicable today just as much as they were thousands of years ago (Isaiah 40:8). And people have been around almost as long as this earth has been in existence. So the point is, why not invest your life in things that will last? Things that will make a continuing impact in this world, long after we have moved on.
At All Nations Church Phuket (ANCP), we want to be a people that leave a useful, lasting footprint in Phuket. We may be living here a few months or a few years, but while we have the privilege of living on this island we want to make our time to count. At ANCP, we are committed to do what we can to make Phuket a better place than we found it. Whether that is coming alongside those helping disadvantaged children, serving with those who hold out hope to the women trapped in a life of prostitution, or encouraging the man who came to Thailand looking for a fresh start. Investing our lives in the lives of others can’t help but leave a lasting impression.
Why do we do this? Simply because people matter to God. And because they matter to God, they matter to us. You matter to us.
I invite you to come and be a part of our community of faith. All Nations Church Phuket is an English-speaking, international church in the Kathu, Phuket area, made up of people from different nations who have a heart for all the nations of this world.