Devotional – Fingerprints

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.” 2 Cor. 3:2

As a child, I used to play with dirt. I loved to pick up sharp objects or sticks and pretend I was an archeologist excavating a historical site. I would spend hours digging holes and marking my excavated territory. One day during my expeditions, I came across a broken pot buried deep in the dirt. I became static. I had found a “treasure”. I quickly gathered a knife and several spoons to help me get the pot’s pieces out as intact as possible. After a while, I was successful and to my surprise the pot had distinct children’s fingerprints as decoration. I gathered as many pieces as I could and realized it must have been a gorgeous piece long time ago. “How odd?” I thought. “Why would a potter dedicate so much time to make a beautiful pot and only decorate it with little fingerprints?” When I asked my father the same question, he thought for a moment and said, “I wonder, what would the potter have done differently if he knew that someone would be looking at his pot many years later? What would his design be then?”


stoThis month, we celebrate Thanksgiving and many families get together and review their year’s ups and downs, as well as, blessings received from God. But if you knew that someone in the future will be reviewing this year of your life, how would that impact the way you live each day? What kinds of things would you like them to remember? When you go back home, what would people in your mission field remember when they hear your name? What memories would your picture trigger in their minds?


Each day we choose what fingerprint we will leave in the lives of those around us through the words we use, how we act, and how we serve. Are you constantly sowing Christ’s love in the hearts of those around you? No matter what your task is, you are a potter making pots for eternity. Are you reflecting God’s design as you are co-laboring with Him as a volunteer? Remember, “God never leads his children otherwise than they would choose to be led, if they could see the end from the beginning and discern the glory of the purpose which they are fulfilling as coworkers with Him.” Ministry of Healing, pg.478. So, work in the design at hand thoughtfully as the year come to an end. Ask God to guide and bless your labor of love.



Prayer: “Dear Father! I praise you because I’m fearfully and wonderfully made. You made me a co-laborer with you and chose me to serve others. Help me to overflow with your love and grace, so I will be able to pass it on to those I serve. Change and mold me to reflect your character daily. Make me conduit of your salvation. Let others see Jesus in me today. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.”


*This devotional was written by Gladys Guerrero-Cavalheiro, Processing Assistant at Office of Volunteer Ministries.

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