Thursday, March 11, 2010

We are not mere mortals.

I read this by C. S. Lewis and, like a lot of his writings, it empowered and inspired me.

"It is a serious thing," says Lewis, "to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare.

(Here's the best part.)

All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no 'ordinary' people. You have never talked to a mere mortal."

It's true.

We move one another to life or death with our words and the way we treat one another.

We are so much more than ordinary people and should treat one another as such.

This is hard to do when I need God's help just to show me how to love Him, much less everyone else.

How many opportunities have I missed or even destroyed?

How many times have I failed my Lord in this area?

In rejecting others, even ignoring others, I've rejected and ignored Him.

Matthew 25:45
45"He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.'

No one is ordinary ... not even close.


tonya said...

Ouch. It's only 8a.m. & I've already apologized twice for mean words this morning.

Thanks for your post.

{Jodie} said...

I love CS Lewis so much. His writings are just incredible. That last line wraps it up for me - "you have never talked to a mere mortal." That's alot to think about.

debgraafsma said...

Thanks for your heart, Daphne -- Kari said you had a great blog... I appreciate your heart. Love the pictures!! (Mine is on --

Wendi@Every Day Miracles said...

Wow, Really convicting... and good.

Rachelle said...


thedomesticfringe said...

"You have never talked to a mere mortal." I like that line.

Queen Mother said...

Whew! AMEN! (and ouch, my toes.)