No Ordinary People

There are no ordinary people. You are not ordinary. You have never met, nor will you ever meet, an ordinary person.

We have said this over and over at Living Word.

We didn’t think it up, C.S. Lewis did. It is just one of dozens of brilliant and beautiful thoughts from Lewis that we pass on to you. The full essay that contains these words is called “The Weight of Glory.” It is included in a book of essays entitled The Weight of Glory. Here is a digital copy of the book. The essay is weighty thinking, but if you go to the final two paragraphs, you find the context of Lewis’ words no ordinary people.

What is most interesting, and what you will see in the context, is that Lewis gave us this comment, not for you to be elevated about yourself, but for you to have an elevated understanding of the “status and nature and dignity” of your neighbor. It is your neighbor who is not an ordinary person.

“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 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.”

Now, see this next thought from Lewis:

“All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations… There are no ordinary people.”

And there are even more wonderful words Lewis gives us if you read the full paragraphs. And while you are at it, take a little extra time and dig into the full, meaty essay.

May you and I have the extraordinary privilege of being used by Jesus to help people toward the glorious destination of Christ-likeness.

Pastor Brian

Brian Rice