"If you write FOR a particular market or FOR a particular editor you will often miss the mark. But if you write because your fingers have danced across the keyboard, because a character has tapped you on the shoulder, because a story has settled in your heart, then even if you never sell it you have done the work you were meant to do. And sometime, dear readers, real magic happens." Jane Yolen


All Who Come Behind Us

Some Christian songs grab me more than others. Sometimes it's the tune, but 99% of the time it's the words.

One of the songs that got my attention yesterday was "Find Us Faithful." I've heard it, and sung it, several times before, but on this particular morning, it got me thinking. The chorus particularly.

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
Note - they're behind us. We can't see them. They can see us. We're not being faithful for them - we don't even necessarily know they are watching. There are ALWAYS people behind us: watching us, especially if they know we're Christians.

May the fire of our devotion light their way
Our devotion should be VISIBLE. We are to be the light of the world. We can be the light that leads others out of the darkness and into the arms of Jesus.

May the footprints that we leave lead them to believe
Our footprints are there when we are gone. Often we don't know what impact our past actions may have on others. Our acts from the past can be exactly what someone else needs to turn to Christ.

And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Not the words we say, or the blog posts we write - but the lives we live. "Actions speak louder than words." It's not a Bible quote - but that doesn't make it incorrect. Do you live a life that could inspire someone to obey?

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful.

Paving Rough Roads With God's Presence


  1. This song is such a reminder to us as well as an encouragement. Thank you for it. I know it is easy to get caught up in our own circomstances and forget about those you watch from behind. Praying your day is great today!

  2. Great post and thanks for the song, Joanne. I love it. The lyrics perfectly express the prayer of my heart.

    Then I played it a second time and thought how often I fail to live up to even my own expectations. I thank God that nobody living or yet to be born has to depend on my perfect example to come to faith. That would make it hopeless.

    Thanks be that Jesus did it all on Calvary and that in Jesus, God forgives our failures.

  3. that song has been my prayer too, what an inspiring message, Joanne!

  4. Oh, you nailed it, Jo. One of the prayers of my heart. Amen.

  5. We're leaving a trail, that' for certain. I pray mine is marked with faith.



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