Before spring arrived in all it’s leafy glory, I took a walk through the little woods in our neighborhood. I had heard that years before our condominiums were built, there were a few houses on the property. And I found some things left behind by those residents of years ago.

A stove was left behind.


And a chair now old and rusted.

I hope they left a forwarding address as this rusty mailbox will not do much good.

And you just have to wonder how someone would leave half of a car behind. But they did!


But in another area of the woods, things of a different sort were left behind. Flowers!


A few bulbs planted years ago have multiplied over time. There are lots of daffodils.

Year after year these beautiful bursts of color and fragrance are on display for those who
walk by.

It made me wonder what do I leave behind? 

When I leave a meeting or say goodbye to a friend, have I left them with  rusty words or ugly attitudes?

Or have I planted seeds of encouragement?    

Did I share in a conversation fragrant with grace?

What will I leave behind if I move to another neighborhood?

Or when I finally leave this earth? 
(which I hope won’t be for many, many more years!)

With a some planning and a little planting, I can be
purposeful and leave behind beautiful things each
day, week, or even for a lifetime.


When I leave a room, neighborhood, or planet,         
I want to leave
Friends encouraged,
People in need prayed for
Family members knowing they are loved
My actions reflecting Jesus’ love
Neighbors cheered on
Beautiful photographs
A book written
And a mailman who has been waved to.

That’s my starter list. 

What would be on your list?

“He knows us inside and out,
keeps in mind that we’re made of mud.
Men and women don’t live very long;
 like wildflowers they spring up and blossom,
But a storm snuffs them out just as quickly,
 leaving nothing to show they were here.
God’s love, though, is ever and always,
 eternally present to all who fear him,
Making everything right for them and their children
as they follow his Covenant ways
and remember to do whatever he said.”    
Psalm 103: 14-18
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