Me and My Shadow

Lou Lotz

READ : Acts 5:12-16

Now many signs and wonders were done among the people through the apostles. (v. 12)

So powerful were the apostles, so many “signs and wonders” did they perform, that people would carry their sick into the streets and lay them there on cots and mats, believing that if even Peter’s shadow fell on them, they would be blessed and healed. The idea is entirely superstitious, but it is symbolic of a something entirely true – we do cast a shadow that either heals or hurts, blesses or blights. In life, your shadow is your influence, the effect you have on other people. You can no more keep from exerting an influence on other people than you can keep from casting a shadow on a sunny day.

Most of us make two great mistakes in life: we overrate our importance, and we underrate our influence. We are not nearly as important as we like to think we are, and we would worry less about what people think of us if we realized how seldom they actually do. But the greater mistake is to underrate your influence. Little do we realize the shadow we cast, the tremendous influence we have to lift people up or pull them down. Use your influence to lift people up and bless them and point them toward God.


Gracious God, help me neither to overrate my importance nor underrate my influence.