Birthdays, Butterflies, & Hope

At this time of year, there are a flurry of birthdays in my family – all being celebrated in different ways, including cyber greetings on FaceBook. As each one’s birthday comes and goes, I think about how he or she is a unique evolving butterfly that brings a special flavor or color to our blended family.

Family gives us the freedom to laugh at ourselves, to cry together, and to share a love that holds us close when times are tough. Family celebrates together. Hurts together. And hopes together.

Each birthday also makes me think about what kind of butterfly will emerge as each individual grows older. I wonder what difference I am making in their life – what kind of fingerprint I am leaving. Am I being the kind of mom, mom-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, grandma, and aunt that is leaving a solid, godly fingerprint?

Intentionally or unintentionally, we all leave fingerprints on the lives of others. The question is, what kind of fingerprint are we leaving?

Our houses may crumble, our possessions may disappear, and our bodies may fade away but what we leave in the hearts and minds of people will leave an impresson on more lives than we will ever know. And we have no idea what beautiful butterflies may emerge, for generations to come.

How would you describe the kind of fingerprint you are leaving for your family?