One thing that fascinates my kids is animal footprints. Whenever we see them, they try to identify them: Is it a bird? Tiger? Llama? Just like animals, wherever we go, not only do we leave footmarks, but we leave our own mark by how we live. You might call them lifemarks.
As I’ve been reading through Abraham’s life in Genesis, I’ve picked up on a pattern…
Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “I will give this land to your descendants.” And Abram built an altar there and dedicated it to the Lord, who had appeared to him.
After that, Abram traveled south and set up camp in the hill country, with Bethel to the west and Ai to the east. There he built another altar and dedicated it to the Lord, and he worshiped the Lord.
So Abram moved his camp to Hebron and settled near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. There he built another altar to the Lord.
Interestingly, one of the final altars Abraham built was not originally intended to remember God’s faithfulness, but to sacrifice his only son…
When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.
Throughout his years, as Abraham worshiped God and fought to remember God’s faithfulness, a pattern developed. He began to leave his own lifemark – a pattern of worship in his wake. Even the final altar he built, which had the original purpose of sacrificing his son, became a testimony of God’s faithfulness. This is what happens when we worship in the good seasons and the bad.
Here’s the question: what is your lifemark? What kind of pattern are you leaving and what is the legacy you’re passing on? Everywhere we go, let’s aim to follow Abraham example of leaving a mark of worship!