Cast a big shadow

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The influence of a mentor”
Our Bible verse for today: “As a result, they would carry the sick out into the streets and lay them on cots and mats so that when Peter came by, at least his shadow might fall on some of them.” Acts 5:15 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Cast a big shadow”
In Acts chapter five we’re reading about the newly anointed Peter, with the power of the Holy Spirit emanating out of him to such a degree that even if his shadow fell on someone he passed by, that person would be healed. Therefore, the bigger the shadow he cast, the more people who were positively impacted by it.
It’s an apt metaphor for the influence of a good mentor. Good mentors cast a big shadow, and those who fall under that shadow are impacted by it in a good and positive way. I would go so far as to say that the impact of a person’s life can be measured (especially in retrospect after their death), by the size of the shadow they cast and the impact they made on the lives of those who fell under their shadow.
In his great devotional book about the senior years of life, Richard Morgan quotes the Greek philosopher Pericles who once wisely observed, “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Yes, that’s our true legacy – the influence we had on others. Benjamin Franklin said essentially the same thing, but in his typical whimsical way:
“If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth reading,
Or do things worth the writing.”
In other words, live a life worth being remembered by others. As Morgan wrote in his book, “Our lives cast shadows as long as we live. These are the marks we leave on the earth by our passing. These are the memories of us in the minds and hearts of those we have loved and who have loved us. They are the legacy we leave for future generations.”
Usually, the first and most important mentoring relationship any of us are exposed to is the one we have with our parents. We will begin considering that relationship tomorrow. In the meantime, I encourage you to prayerfully consider who your shadow is falling on as you pass through life.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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