I love glancing up from my laptop at Starbucks and watching those stamped with God’s image parade to their lattes. Original, God-created, glorious creatures. Each one holds stories that would make you weep. They work hard making their way in the world hindered by a hundred handicaps. God sees them through the eyes of grace: “I’m coming to your house today.” He offers invitation: “Come and follow me.” All the time he seed them through an adoring heart for each one.
Even more? He KNOWS who they were created to become.
C. S. Lewis glimpsed the glory here:
“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you say 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 the other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilites, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all of 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. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – 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 splendors.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory
Action: Go to a public place. Ask the Holy Spirit to give you His eyes for the people around you. Glory in the spectacular art of God’s greatest creations.
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