No Ordinary People

A Post From Griffin Lamb

In a culture that is oriented towards task-completion and ever greater progress to the desired goal, the life of faith can be demoralizing. 

I have chosen to follow Christ but my life still feels “normal”. Am I living the life that Christ wants me to live? 

I have asked this question to God often when I first came to faith. But in so doing, a dichotomy was created: between the extraordinary moments and the ordinary ones. With greater value placed on the extraordinary—the powerful Spirit-filled prayers, the mission trips overseas, the high I felt after hearing a sermon that rocked me to my core—the ordinary moments of life lost any sense of real spiritual importance.   

C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory, has a powerful quote seemingly with this very dichotomy in mind: 

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. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn. We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously - no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption.

Just as there are no ordinary people, as C.S. Lewis so beautifully illustrates, so too are there no ordinary moments. When we begin to live into that truth, each moment of every day of our lives carries with it profound significance for our faith. For me, living into this truth means looking into the faces of all those that I pass by in a given day and say to myself:

Christ died for you. 

Whether I am looking at the face of a dear friend or the face of a complete stranger, this simple yet powerful thought reminds me that the people I am encountering are bearers of the image of God (Gen 1:27), with narratives that are equally as complex as my own and destinies that extend far beyond this life.