“I have put My words in your mouth and have covered you with the shadow of My hand – you are My people.” – Isaiah 51:16
In the early days of the church, the Bible tells us that the apostle, Peter, had become such an influential, powerful man of God, that people would bring the sick on pallets and cots in the streets where he might pass by, hoping his shadow would fall over them and, hopefully, they would be healed. Such was the aura of greatness around that man.
Do you ever think about your shadow? You should, because our shadow goes with us wherever we go, never falling on us, but on someone else. We’re rarely aware of where it falls. We all influence someone–parents influence kids, coaches influence players, teachers influence students.
What kind of shadow do you cast? Is it for good, or for evil? To build up, or tear down? To encourage, or discourage? To help, or to hurt? Does it point people to God, or just to yourself?
As you think about the life that you live, think about the legacy you want to leave. What kind of shadow do you cast?