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By Grant Everly

Recently I’ve really enjoyed listening to a particular song, Shadow of a Man, by Neulore. After doing a bit of research, I’m pretty sure that Neulore is a Christian band, but regardless, the lyrics carry profound weight for the Christian listener.

The chorus in Shadow of a Man goes like this:

“And all the memories of the days you lost
You add them up and then you count the cost
You’re just a shadow of a man undone
Another life that has just begun

So light your torch and follow me
We’ll burn the boats back to who we used to be”

This past Sunday at iMPACT we celebrated the baptisms of four students. I couldn’t help but think of how much truth is found in the above lyrics. Each person who was baptized was celebrating the fact that they are now “a shadow of the man (or woman) undone.” What a joy it is to be able to consider ourselves a mere piece of what we were before Christ and recognize the degree to which Christ transforms us. Furthermore, how amazing is it to be able to “burn the boats back” to the old person we were?

A lot of times it’s difficult to truly eradicate our old selves, but I love the imagery that Neulore uses in capturing both the extent to which we’ve been made new in Christ and the degree to which we are called to get rid of our old self.

So as we go forth, whether we’re celebrating a recent baptism or not, let us always remember that we’re “just a shadow of the man undone, another life that has just begun.”

Grant headshotGrant Everly is a senior at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.

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