Happy New Year! It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone so quickly…but it has. I have not blogged for over two weeks and I apologize for not keeping in touch. I have felt so guilty for not sharing so many positive thoughts that have been running through this head of mine. But let me share one thought on this first day of 2014.
With the transitioning of moving, I have become more aware of my surroundings. I take notice of cars, people and the location of my purse/cell phone more than before. One day, while walking my dog along the neighborhood sidewalk, I walked upon three impressions of a somewhat large shoe which was etched into the concrete. I couldn’t help but notice there were only three and wondered why the print stopped. Did this person not realize the sidewalk was still wet? Were these impressions an accident or made purposely? Whatever the story may be, this travelers concrete impression made an impact on my heart.
At one time or another, we have all experienced wanting to make a good first impression. We want to look good to others. We want to be the best that we can possibly be.
The word “impression” is defined as a mark, indentation, figure, etc…,produced by pressure; which is clearly what the traveler left along the sidewalk. The word impression is also defined as the first and immediate effect of an experience or perception upon the mind; which is what the traveler left with me.
With all first impressions, it could also be the very last impression we could ever make. We are making impressions and/or making an impact on others every day.
The word “impact” is defined as the power of making a strong, immediate impression: have a strong effect on someone or something…which is exactly what the traveler’s impressions left with me.
These two words are so close in meaning that the word “impression” is used within the definition of “impact.” What is the difference between the two? I think the word “impression” is temporary and the word “impact” is permanent. As I walked upon the traveler’s concrete impressions… I walked on something permanent. Not only are the three shoe imprints permanent on the sidewalk for all to see but is now permanent in my mind. I can’t help but be reminded of Christ’s sacrifice he made for all. He did not come to earth to make a temporary impression for mankind but came to make an impact on others’ lives.
You are nearing the end of this post and I’m sure you have already formed an opinion on my words. On this first day of a new year, I ask myself…”Am I merely impressing others or am I impacting their lives through my words and actions?”
I pray today and every day, we become that traveler that makes a difference.