“There are no ‘ordinary’ people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations — these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit — immortal horrors or everlasting splendours.”
–C. S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
I’m still alive and writing! This year has been gratefully busy and spread out between family, grad school, and helping a humble ministry leader express his story for a future book. And, in a mere hours or days, we will be meeting and welcoming two more little ones into our growing family!
But I’m so behind with sharing. My heart and mind are full of songs, opinions, new favourite quotes, and encouragement from God’s Word. So I better get started.
There are no ordinary people.
We live our life among the immortal. Every single person we talk to, brush past, or ignore, is valuable, every spirit, eternal, and each soul, purchased by our Saviour’s blood.
that crosses our path,
will outlast the prettiest flower
and the deepest sunset
and the wildest mountains
or the most graceful deer~~~
If that be true, how do we treat others? The others we may not like, who have hurt us, or tailgate us on the highway, or make choices that cause us pain?
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”
Jesus didn’t ask us to love one another. He commanded it!
“In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”
Casting Crown’s song, Jesus, Friend of Sinners, says it like this:
Oh, Jesus, friend of sinners,
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus friend of sinners break our hearts for what breaks yours.
Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Make the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of your mercy bring your people to their knees.
How do we live among such immortals?
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.”
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.”
We will never meet a mere mortal.
May the Lord grant us the grace and humility to treat everyone we meet on our journey with an eternal perspective. We already have an example from Jesus:
“….whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Let us love one another…as long as we have breath, to eternity….and beyond!
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT)