He certainly left an impression…but it was not a good impression. In fact it was a deep scratch over our fairly new floor which had only been installed a few months before.
The phone technician had crawled through the roof to fix our internet but to get to the roof he had dragged a desk across the room to access to the manhole.
Of course, he should have lifted the desk.
Of course, he should have asked for help.
Of course, he should have told us what he had done rather than rushing off hoping we wouldn’t notice.
It is a significant scratch, over a metre long – it will be difficult (if not impossible) to rectify. I am currently in negotiations with the phone company to have them come and assess the damage so that we can move forward to a solution but it is going to be an interesting road forward.
The truth is that we all leave marks wherever we go – the choice is whether those marks are going to be positive or negative. Are they going to be treasured like hieroglyphics or meaningless and selfish like graffiti? Are they going to shape the society in a positive way or are they going to leave annoying scratches depicting carelessness.
When you look behind you what do you see?
What is left after you have passed by?
Is there a positive influence where people are sad to see you leave or is it a negative one which has them silently cheering as you depart?
What you leave behind depends upon the attitude that is in your heart – I am sure that the technician that scratched my floor is a nice guy, but I could tell from the way he approached his work that not a lot of care was being taken. Because of carelessness he left a mark which is the only reason we will remember him.
Psalm 23:6 says “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life”.
I see that there are two ways of reading this: Firstly a promise of good things flowing to those who make room for the Lord in their lives; and secondly, an outcome of good things left behind us when we move on.
You will leave marks upon your workplace, your family, your friends and your community – are those marks going to be good or bad? The choice is yours…if you follow the Lord closely then good things will follow you!