How fast will your paint fade?

I was walking through the historic district of Monroe, NC yesterday.  As I walked by one old brick building, there was a set of sidewalk stairs going down to the basement level.  On the brick wall at the top of the stairs was an old faded arrow that had been painted with the word “BARBER” on it.  They aren’t around anymore, but the painted arrow still is.

You only have one shot at making an impact with your life.  Everyday, every decision that you make, every time you communicate and connect with people around you, you are either increasing or decreasing your impact, your painted arrow.

But there’s a second part to this that’s a real paradox…  John the Baptist, a man who had an powerful and effective life, said something remarkable –

“He (Jesus) must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less”  ~  John 3:30 NLT

John was making a huge impact but knew that he shouldn’t be the focus of his message.  He was pointing to someone much greater than himself.

I know I’ve messed up during these past couple of weeks.  I’ve said and done things that have both increased AND decreased my impact for Christ.  But I’m driven to keep going because I only have a short time left to do a lot.

What will your painted arrow say about you?  Which way will it be pointing and how fast will the paint fade?

p.s. – If you attend Southbrook, you won’t want to miss this weekend as we continue to walk through Ecclesiastes.  It’s gonna be good!

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