Think way back–or to last week if you’re still in school! Remember finding the author, publisher, place of publication, and date for the book you were using for that pesky bibliography? These days, it’s easy to plug in the info on an auto-formatting site, but you still need to have the info.
That info is called an imprint. It’s the information about the maker–the one who causes something to exist, to be, and defines its being.
The other day, I had a run-in with a different imprint maker, deep in the heart of an upstairs closet. There I was, sitting on the floor, pushing aside hanging clothes. and rearranging heavy bins. Suddenly, something bright caught my eye.
It was a quarter! Not much at all in the grand scheme, but still “found money”. I smiled and tucked it into the first place I saw–the top of my sock. Then I went on to finish organizing the closet and forgot about that quarter, held securely and pressed tightly against my leg by the sock.
MANY hours later (in fact, as I was getting ready for bed!), I removed my socks. I remembered the quarter and shook them out, thinking it would surely drop to the ground, but it didn’t! I heard no sound.
Well, that’s a mystery, I thought! Where was it?
I looked around. Nothing. I looked in the sock. Nothing. Then I looked on my leg–and there it was! All day, the quarter had been held by the compression of the sock against my leg, and so it remained!
I removed the quarter and, in its place, was a perfectly round indention–an imprint of the quarter.
Now that imprint quickly left, but it made me think: what imprint was on my heart? Would you ask yourself that question along with me? Is it…
- A larger dollar sign?
- An educational degree?
- An award?
- A job title?
How do we define ourselves? From what do we draw our existence and “me-ness”? What is that one, over-arching fact of who we are?
Let’s not make it complicated. Sure, education, jobs, families, friends–all that–matters. But why? And that’s how we “un-complicate” the question. Here’s that one, over-arching simple answer:
Ephesians 2:10 ~”For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
And how should we do those good works God has prepared? Those classes, jobs, families, friendships, sports, and hobbies? How should we walk?
1 Corinthians 10:31 ~ “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.”
Let Ephesians 2:10 and 1 Corinthians 10:31 sink deeply into your heart and make an imprint there. You and I are God’s workmanship, in Christ, and created to do good works all for the glory of God. And that’s true, even right in the middle of the mess we are in:
- Crowded closet
- Troubled family
- Soccer game
- Driving the car
- In the checkout line
- (Add your own mess)
It’s true anywhere and everywhere!
So, let’s walk–to the post office, the grocery, the classroom, the boardroom, the kitchen table, and everywhere else.
And let’s walk with purpose–to not just be there, but to leave the imprint of Christ on the world and glorify God.