Where Does Your Shadow Fall?
Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us (Philippians 3:17).
A Bible school teacher told me she noticed a boy sitting in the hall with a stern look on his face, barking orders to the other children. “What are you doing?” she asked. “I’m pretending I’m the pastor,” he said. “How are you playing the pastor?” she asked. He explained, “I ain’t doing nothing. I’m just telling everybody else what to do!”
We sometimes never know where our shadows fall and how they influence others. Martin Luther cast a long shadow over Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world—a long shadow for good. About four hundred years later, Adolf Hitler also cast a long shadow over Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world—a devastatingly evil shadow. Two lives, two Germans—one filled with the Spirit of the Lord, the other filled with the spirit of the devil.
You will probably never influence the entire world as Luther or Hitler did, but I guarantee you will have tremendous influence on some part of it. It may be as a parent, coworker, neighbor, or friend. It may be as a coach or a teacher. You won’t always be conscious of where your shadow falls. It goes with you wherever you go, always falling on others. What kind of shadow do you cast? Is it for good or for bad? Is it to encourage or to discourage? Is it for Christ—or something else? Only your shadow knows.