What Is Your Footprint?

Several years ago, I had a DNA test. I sent a tube of my spit away to be analyzed. The results revealed some interesting facts about my ancestry and things about me related to my ancestry, i.e. my hair and eye color, whether I have dimples or freckles, and whether I can match musical pitches.

Did you know that, even as no two people have the same fingerprints, no two people, not even identical twins, have identical DNA? Every person is individually and uniquely created by God.


Psalm 139:13 -16

“For You formed my inward parts;

You covered me in my mother’s womb.

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Marvelous are Your works,

And that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You,

When I was made in secret,

And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.

And in Your book they all were written,

The days fashioned for me,

When as yet there were none of them.”

 When my grandson was born with hydrocephalus, that didn’t mean he was of less value than a person with no disabilities. In fact, we learned much about love, life, and caring from him. He was curious about life and loved people. His short life touched the hearts and lives of many people around the world.

My mother’s increasing frailty as she aged did not make her of less value because of her physical or mental weaknesses. She lived a long, full life with courage and determination, and was an example to her family and others who knew her.

I’m not ashamed to be pro-life because God created life (Genesis 1), and it’s precious.

I’m not a famous stateman or a movie or Broadway star. I’m not really sure how much my life has influenced anyone beyond my own family and friends. My books haven’t been #1 bestsellers, and my words are not widely quoted. But God created me to be who I am and has placed me where I am according to His plan and for His reasons. It’s my responsibility to use the talents and abilities He has given me to glorify Him.

When a child, I was introduced to a stanza of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow which I memorized without realizing it was only one stanza of A Psalm of Life. Through the years, I’ve used the words as encouragement to make a difference where I am. I’ve included three stanzas from the poem here.

Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o’er life’s solemn main,

A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.

Let us, then, be up and doing,

With a heart for any fate;

Still achieving, still pursuing,

Learn to labor and to wait.


A Psalm of Life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow | Poetry Foundation