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What Impression Are You Making?

What Impression Are You Making?

As a child, one of my favorite days was the first snow day of the year—no school, playing in the snow, hot cocoa and a warm fire. My siblings and I would quickly eat breakfast, then head outside to a winter wonderland. As my boots crunched the first footprints in the snow, I would fall back with my arms outstretched to make an impression of a snow angel.

Whether we make impressions in the snow or the sand, we understand impressions. Making a good impression is our goal; we want to make good impressions at work, home and church. We teach our children how to make a good impression and avoid making a bad one.

What impressions do we make with those we encounter each day?

In his iconic devotional My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers wrote, “The saint who is intimate with Jesus will never leave impressions of himself.” Do we leave an impression of ourselves? Or do we leave an impression of Jesus Christ?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle referred to telos as a purpose, a reason for existing, the ultimate goal. What is your telos, your purpose in life? Is it to leave an impression of yourself or an impression of Jesus?

The Westminster Shorter Catechism says that “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.”

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58

The stronger our love for Jesus, the stronger our desire to bring Him glory and the more our impression will look like Jesus, not ourselves.


  • Find your purpose and fulfillment in Christ by reading God’s word and spending time in prayer.
  • Commit to leaving an impression of Christ and not of yourself.
  • Be Jesus to someone today.