Do we want to leave a “lasting impression?” Most of us want to impress others with ourselves. We want to be honored, popular, beautiful, successful and admired. Everyone makes some kind of impression. The Bible says, “For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself.” (Rom. 14:7) We may think that we can simply be a neutral influence, however, we are either for God or against Him. When it comes to good and evil–there is no in-between. We were created for God’s glory and if what we’re doing is not glorifying Him then we are sinfully wasting our God-given gifts. Our life is either about Him or not about Him—and if not about Him, then it’s usually about ourselves. Reflect upon yesterday—were the people we interacted with impressed with God? Or–were we trying to impress them with our accomplishments, looks, tall tales—or worse yet—through degrading conversation about someone else? What impression did each interaction create? Praise be to God that He has given us a higher purpose than our finite selves!!! His Word says, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) When we become children who PURSUE our Heavenly Father, then–His goals for us, become our goals for ourselves. When we love Him with all our heart, He teaches us to love ourselves and love others. He completely changes our interactions with others because we are no longer “about us.” We become the embodiment of His love and our interaction with others draws them to eternal God instead of impressing people with our own fleeting existence. We become a walking and talking window to God’s heart. They don’t see us—they see HIM. We leave an impression so beautiful and wonderful–which will be remembered long after we are forgotten. Dear Lord, let me impress others with YOU, not me–today and EVERY day!