THE WORD: A strange, indefinable something

“St. Peter Healing the Sick with His Shadow” by Tommaso Masaccio (1426) is a painting in the Basilica of Our Lady of Carmel in Florence, Italy.

Every one of us casts a shadow.  

There hangs about us, a sort of a strange, indefinable something, which we call personal influence — that has its effect on every other life on which it falls. It goes with us wherever we go. It is not something we can have when we want to have it — and then lay aside when we will, as we lay aside a garment. It is something that always pours out from our lives . . .  as light from a lamp, as heat from flame, as perfume from a flower. 

The ministry of personal influence is something very wonderful. Without being conscious of it, we are always impressing others by this strange power that exudes from us. Others watch us — and their thinking and actions are modified by our influence. 

Treasures from J.R. Miller, Christian pastor and former editorial superintendent of the Presbyterian Board of Publication from 1880 to 1911.  

Ephesians 5:15-18 

15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit