Sitting around with my family, talking and cutting up. Conversation is lively and reminiscent. Invariably conversation turns to kids and you can’t talk about kids without talking about the way things “use” to be when you were a kid. From there the conversation turns to mom and grandma and others that had a hand in raising the brood of kids back then. I started thinking about the women that have left a soul print on me.
What is a soul print you ask?
Just as fingerprints are unique, each human soul has an individual mark that it leaves behind on everyone it touches.
Til this day I can never make gumbo without thinking of my grandmother or see a sewing machine without thinking of my mother. Gumbo and a sewing machine seems insignificant until you realize all the lessons that were taught through these simple things. Making food for your family was not just a task of cooking but it was done in love for all that gathered around grandmas table. She taught me to be a servant and find joy in serving others. That will forever be imprinted in my life. My moms sewing taught me endurance and determination. My mom would spend countless hours sewing to provide for her family and to make that perfect dress for that special occasion. It taught me to put others first and that things didn’t come for free, it cost something. Imprints made even by the smallest action.
So many memories that come to my mind as I think of all the things that different ones have taught me. Many bible lessons taught by my Aunt Amy.
Then I have to ask myself, “what soul prints am I leaving on my children, my grandchildren”?
What am I teaching those around me.
In Titus 2. It says for the older women to teach the younger ones. I have to say God placed some wonderful teachers in my life.
It is my desire that one day that my own family and the ones God has placed around me will say that I left a godly print on their life!
Who are you leaving a soul print on today?