Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings


Tuesday, January 24, 2006


  Footprints...A New Version



I know most of you have read "Footprints". The story of the man walking with our Lord on the beach and the guy notices that when he is going through trials and troubles there is only one set of footprints. When he asks the Lord why he left him in his time of troubles, the Lord replies, "Son, I didn't leave you. That is when I carried you." That story always made me cry. Now there is a new version of the old story. This one doesn't make me cry, it makes me smile! What do you think?

FOOTPRINTS...A New Version

Imagine, you and the Lord Jesus are walking down the road together. For much of the way, the Lord's footprints go along steadily, consistently, rarely varying the pace.

But your footprints are a disorganized stream of zigzags, starts, stops, turnarounds, circles, departures, and returns.

For much of the way, it seems to go like this, but gradually your footprints come more in line with the Lord's, soon paralleling His consistently. You and Jesus are walking as true friends!

This seems perfect, but then an interesting thing happens: Your footprints that once etched the sand next to Jesus' are now walking precisely in His steps.

Inside His larger footprints are your smaller ones, you and Jesus are becoming one.

This goes on for many miles, but gradually you notice another change. The footprints inside the larger footprints seem to grow larger.

Eventually they disappear altogether. There is only one set of footprints. They have become one.

This goes on for a long time, but suddenly the second set of footprints is back. This time it seems even worse! Zigzags all over the place. Stops. Starts. Gashes in the sand. A variable mess of prints.

You are amazed and shocked. Your dream ends. Now you pray: "Lord, I understand the first scene, with zigzags and fits. I was a new Christian; I was just learning. But You walked on through the storm and helped me learn to walk with You."

"That is correct."

"And when the smaller footprints were inside of Yours, I was actually learning to walk in Your steps, following You very closely."

"Very good.. You have understood everything so far."

When the smaller footprints grew and filled in Yours, I suppose that I was becoming like You in every way."

"Precisely."

"So, Lord, was there a regression or something? The footprints separated, and this time it was worse than at first."

There is a pause as the Lord answers, with a smile in His voice.

"You didn't know? It was then that we danced!"

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance. Ecclesiastes 3:1,4.

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I did.
God bless, Joe

Footprints...A New Version

11 Comments:

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

I love it! I am going to spread it to all my friends, thanks Joe B!!!

 
At 4:52 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

I just loved that. I love the thought of dancing with the Lord. That is truly amazing. Thanks for sharing and making me smile today!

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

That is an awesome version as well ..Thanks for sharing :)

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Hikingalong said...

I absolutely loved this!!! Thank you so much for sharing it. What a beautiful picture I got in my mind as I read this. Wow is all I can say! I can't wait for that heavenly music and my Father's outstretched hand!

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger Ma said...

That was surely great. I loved it! Thank you so much for sharing that. It truly made me smile and rejoice in the Lord.

 
At 5:21 PM, Blogger MarylandMommy said...

Great version.....love it!!!

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger *~Tey~* said...

My Blog has moved!!!! Please change your links from http://www.kristyslivejournal.blogspot.com/ to http://www.somethingsobeautiful.blogspot.com/ I don’t want to lose any of you guys!

Luv Kristy ‘Tey’

 
At 9:47 AM, Blogger hanni said...

oooh...very nice! let the time for dancing commence!

 
At 2:03 PM, Blogger eph2810 said...

This is very nice...thank you for sharing it again :)

 
At 8:49 AM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

I am dancing with Him right now! Fabulous to never be a Wallflower at the Lord's Ball, amen!

 
At 9:49 PM, Blogger Joe said...

That's a great concept and well said.

 

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