It’s nice to go to the beach and feel the wind whip through your hair or caress your face. It’s heavenly to feel the soft sand beneath your feet. It’s refreshing to hear the delighted screams of children as they play along the shore. You leave footprints behind as a relic of your coming and the children do the same. But soon, the waves come and the shore is washed anew. Life is like a shore and we are all walking along it. Like the footprints at the beach, are the prints we make washed with time?

Whether we look at scientific inventions like the plane, telephone or computers or even consider great humanitarian acts by some people, one thing becomes clear. The memories within reach are those of people whose contributions made the world a better place.

Speaking of humanitarianism, personalities like Diana Princess of Wales cannot be forgotten. She got married to Prince Charles in 1981, but unfortunately they separated in 1992 and officially divorced in 1996. However, as a royal Diana was without airs and was among the few royals that people could relate to. After her marriage with the Prince ended, she crusaded against land mines, worked with AIDS Organizations and charities for children.

Not to be forgotten is Mother Theresa whose contributions to the marginalized are legendary. A woman who sought neither wealth, fame nor poverty but came to the limelight anyway. Owning nothing but her sari, she could support a worldwide organization with 4,000 employees. A Noble Prize winner, she sold a white Lincoln Continental  given to her by Pope Paul VI. The money was used to fund a leper colony.

Not to be left out is Nelson Mandela, a fighter of freedom and dignity for his native South Africans. Mandela went to prison for his belief that native South Africans were as entitled to dignity as the white inhabitants. After 27 years in prison, he was released to become the president of his country. In his autobiography ‘Long Walk to Freedom’ he said “a democratic and free society is an ideal which he hoped to live for and to achieve and, if need be, an ideal for which he was prepared to die.”

This Tuesday, the Christian community around the world mourned the passing away of Ravi Zacharias. Ravi would be remembered for his contribution to Christian Apologetics and for defending the Gospel around the world.

We need to view our legacy here on earth, from the perspective of God and eternity. The Bible says that our works shall be tested by fire (1 Corinthians 3:13).

It’s neither wealth nor poverty, but an unfailing sense of purpose that drives you to use either your widow’s mite or your overflowing bank account to bring someone happiness. The footprints that are not washed away are those made by people who lived for a greater purpose; a higher calling. Those who lived for others.    

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  • Kwesi Asante-Asamani Reply

    Thanks for the reminder Susie. May his Soul rest in perfect peace.

    May 23, 2020 at 7:06 am
    • Marian Reply

      He was a great man and a blessing to this generation.
      Lord we avail ourselves as instruments for your glory.

      Remain blessed Suzzy.

      July 15, 2020 at 9:48 pm
  • Adjoa Reply

    It’s neither wealth nor poverty, but an unfailing sense of purpose….. this is so deep.
    An unfailing sense of purpose! Hits differently.
    I always enjoy reading Floodlight Daily

    May 23, 2020 at 7:07 am
    • Philip Reply

      Insightful. God bless you

      May 23, 2020 at 7:36 am
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Thanks Adjoa

      May 24, 2020 at 8:46 am
  • Dora Reply

    Beautiful piece.

    May 23, 2020 at 7:07 am
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Thanks Dora

      May 23, 2020 at 11:32 am
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Thank you Dora

      May 24, 2020 at 8:46 am
  • Sena Reply

    My dear you hit the nail right on the head. I attended a JHS where people made several inscriptions on the wall, including “i was here some” …with the purpose of registering their presence in the school at a point in time. That gave me the impression that at the end of it all…one would require evidence of our presence on earth. In that case our acts would serve as evidence for or against the argument that we were here…

    May 23, 2020 at 8:21 am
  • Wisdom Willittee Dogbey Reply

    Propelling and/or thought – provoking. You’re blessed.

    May 23, 2020 at 8:34 am
  • Eyako Reply

    God bless you Suzie

    May 23, 2020 at 9:00 am
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Amen and God bless you too Eyako.

      May 23, 2020 at 11:28 am
  • Dela Dzobo Reply

    Ravi Zacharias’ life was such a blessing to us all. Father grant us the grace to know you enough to wrought all the exploits you can and want to do through us. Amen!
    Daniel 11:32..but the people that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits.

    And may our exploits last ages to come.

    May 23, 2020 at 10:47 am
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      Sue Afutu Reply


      May 23, 2020 at 11:27 am
  • Doris Reply

    Real food for thought. Thanks Sue.

    May 23, 2020 at 12:54 pm
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      You are welcome

      May 24, 2020 at 8:45 am
  • Kingsley Kwayisi Reply

    Why do I always feel you tease us with your beautiful write up yearning for more. Just as I am diving deeper then you conclude. I am pleading with you to do episode two and explore the live and legacy of Ravi. God write up!

    May 23, 2020 at 1:18 pm
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Thanks Kingsley, I will do so.

      May 24, 2020 at 8:44 am
  • Cecilia Ayileoh Reply

    We are passing through this world, but our good deeds counts. Let’s continue to do good things.
    Thank you and God bless you

    May 23, 2020 at 2:34 pm
  • Kwame Reply

    You ended too soon. Was getting ready for the chorus. Touched by this reminder. Thanks for the piece.

    May 23, 2020 at 8:42 pm
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      Sue Afutu Reply

      Sorry about that Kwame. There will be a chorus next time. 🙂

      May 24, 2020 at 8:44 am
  • Ani Gid Reply

    God bless you so much Mom.
    You are also a living testimony of what you’ve shared with us. And you will be forever remembered.

    May 25, 2020 at 3:56 pm

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