Shadows are images without light. They are the outline of something, which is not quite discernible or real.

Are we shadows?

When people talk to us or connect with us through avenues in social media, are they seeing just an outline of a human being? Our images may not be bad; we might not purposely present only a silhouette.

But shadows seem to be multiplying in today’s world.

We can connect with so many people that it just comes down to a soundless click, click, click ….

Friends may include an ever-widening circle of remote acquaintances, people who have recognizable faces, but with whom we’ll never shake hands, laugh, speak to, or hug.

What makes us genuine in today’s world and not a shadow? What makes us tangible? How do we touch others when we live hundreds of miles apart, countries apart, and will never stand side by side?

Compassion, kindness, and willingness to give of ourselves, breathes life into our shadows. We become real to people. They cannot forget a shadow that begins to glow with color. Reaching out to others, giving sound advice, talking them through rough times, and being online to comfort a hurting friend, while the rest of the world snoozes, helps us reflect God’s light. People will suddenly perceive something different about us.

Our good deeds, kind messages, or emails may not go down in the world’s “journals of renown”, but really—is that why we’re here on this earth? No. We need to brighten our shadows by privately messaging a friend instead of clicking “like”. We should be real quick to pick up the phone and put a voice to our images.

In other words—we dare not become a shadow of ourselves.

Remember what God’s word says: “Don’t be selfish; don’t live to make a good impression on others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourself. Don’t think only about your own affairs, but be interested in others, too, and what they are doing.” Philippians  2:3-4 NLT

People need a human touch, a human greeting, hugs, and even the posted word “friend”. Our careful words, typed or spoken, can add light to someone’s shadow.

I need to work on this. I’m trying to notice the “shadows” walking around in the grocery store or in the local restaurant, and other places. I need to smile at them, speak to them, and joke with them.

I’m thinking it might brighten my own shadow or keep me a real person.

~Karen Campbell Prough


  • Great reminder, Karen!

    I’ve been meaning to get some cards to send to people–in the mail! 🙂

    It’s so convenient just to click like or to be the shadow, but like anything worth having–including friendships and healthy relationships–it takes effort.

    Here’s to hoping I can be more light (not lite) going forward. 🙂


  • What a great challenge to be our real selves the people who God created us to be. But most importantly get out from behind the masks and show people who we really are.

    • You’re right. It’s a real challenge. Thanks for reading this. I wasn’t sure about it and didn’t post it to FB. Just kind of “threw” it out to twitter. 🙂 Ha. My way of thinking about things is sometimes different than the norm. It’s just that on FB and twitter, I feel like a shadow talking and shouting out to a world flowing by…like sitting on a raft in the middle of a swift river? I can wave to people on the bank and they can wave back, but will they see when the raft tosses me to the rocks? Ha. See? My imagination takes over.

  • Karen, so true! great reminder to keep our eyes, our hearts, and the eyes of our hearts open to those we meet in our everyday walk-around life … to live each day in the light of eternity … amen?

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