Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Benefits

Yesterday I wrote about letting go of the "tags" we define ourselves by (father, daughter, contented, ugly, over-weight, smart, etc) and instead thinking of ourselves in terms of our core--the child of God that we are.

There is a beautiful thing that happens as we do this. We begin to see others not by their "tags" but by who they really are. Instead of looking at a stranger and immediately thinking "pretty" or "homely" or "well-dressed" or "successful," we look at others as we look at ourselves and think "child of God." We, in turn, treat them very differently.

I love a quote from C. S. Lewis's The Weight of Glory about this. Lewis said,

"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 talk to
 may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now,
you would be strongly tempted to worship."

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