Footsteps and Fingerprints

Allen County’s citizens celebrated their bicentennial this week, and I was honored to serve on the Scottsville Rotary Club’s time capsule committee. The container will be opened on July 3, 2065. I walked the streets of Scottsville and snapped pictures of people working in local businesses. It’s easy to forget that we are living history every day and leaving footprints.


I can’t help but wonder if anyone will remember me when the container is opened. What will be the evidence of a life well lived?

Will the children who visit our library have a fond memory of Mrs. Shelia? If they do, I hope it is a sweet memory of discovering a lifelong love of reading. Perhaps one of them will be the library director.


Will the children who attend my church remember me? Is it too much to dream that one of these children will develop a passion for African missions? Maybe Niger will be considered a Christian nation in fifty years.


Last week I wrote about Camp Habitat’s five-year anniversary. Wouldn’t it be something if Camp Habitat has spread throughout the nation in fifty years?


Fifty years will pass in the blink of any eye. I am thankful for the reminder to consider the opportunities God has given me to leave fingerprints on the lives I touch today.

“So then neither the one who plants, nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.” 1 Corinthians 3:7

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against these things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23.



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Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

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