C. S. Lewis, “There are no ordinary people”

I just finished reading C. S. Lewis’s The Weight of Glory and I’m still chewing on his words. It’s one of those books you must read slow and carefully--and again one more time--before absorbing everything said. I want to immediately share one passage. C. S. Lewis succinctly and powerfully expresses the significance of being created in the image of God and, for those of us who believe, being united with Christ exquisitely. Here it is.

Meanwhile the cross comes before the crown and tomorrow is a Monday morning. A cleft has opened in the pitiless walls of the world, and we are invited to follow our great Captain inside. The following Him is, of course, the essential point. . . . It may be possible to think too much of his own potential glory hereafter; it is hardly possible for him to think too often or too deeply about that of his neighbour. The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbour’s glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken.

It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a create 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. 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.

C. S. Lewis. The Weight of Glory (NY: HarperOne, 2001), 45-46. Paragraphing Mine.