Every Human Being A Miracle

19 10 2013

Human Beings Are MiraclesEvery human being who is now, will be or ever has been is a miracle.  The co-workers, family members and friends with whom you trafficked today are, every one of them, wonders beyond belief.  We are all—regardless of color, creed or cult—made in the image of God.  There is no such thing as an ordinary person.

C.S. Lewis, writing in his essay “The Weight of Glory” says this, “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, 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. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations — 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 splendours.”

Our society, especially here in the West, is enamored of celebrity.  I don’t quite know how to account for it.  Perhaps it is, in some weird way, a seeking after God, power embodied in fame.  The Kardashian sisters are lovely women but they are no more a miracle than your boss, the clerk at the store down the street or your friendly neighborhood Wal-Mart greeter.

Ask yourself this one question:  “How do I treat those who have absolutely nothing by which I can, knowingly, be benefited?”

Tomorrow, when you stop by the gas station on the way to work, remember you are looking into the eyes of creatures made a little lower than the angels, indeed a little lower than God (Psalm 8:5; Hebrews 2:7).

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Tolle Lege (Take Up and Read)

6 11 2011

I frequently ask people I meet as well as friends, “What are you reading these days?”  Today I’m spotlighting five books that really gripped me over the past few years.  I hope you’ll enjoy these as well.

How To Think Like Leonardo da Vinci (Michael Gelb) – Easily the most fascinating book I’ve read in ten years. Da Vinci, the quintessential renaissance man, is analyzed by Michael Gelb.  Gelb has boiled down the secrets to Leonardo’s genius in seven approaches to viewing and experiencing life and the world you live in.  Full of prints from Leonardo’s journals and lots of practical exercises.  Buy this if nothing else.  Very cool.

The Road Less Traveled (M. Scott Peck) – The opening sentence of this book is “Life is difficult” which lets you know where he’s headed.  Written in the late ‘70’s, this has become something of a modern classic.  A psychotherapist, Peck forces you to ask tough questions of yourself.  His insights on delayed gratification alone are worth the price of the book and if you’ve read anything by Bill Hybels, you’ll see that Peck’s shadow looms large.  This book really changed my life.  I’ve told people I wish I’d read this thirty years ago.

Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (Michael O’Brien) – Stunning.  Not a zombie apocalypse, “we’re-all-gonna-die” work.  The plot deals with an antichrist figure.  This novel betrays a profound understanding of human nature.  The chapters dealing with Elijah’s redemptive dealings with the befouled Count Smokrev are shattering.  You will come away from this book with hope in a forgiving Creator revealed in Him who was impaled on a tree for your sins.  Visit Michael O’Brien’s website (he’s an artist first)—there’s more.  http://www.studiobrien.com/

Making Records: The Stories Behind the Music (Phil Ramone) – Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Phil Ramone shares secrets and anecdotes from a career of making popular music.  He’s worked with everyone from Sinatra to Billy Joel to Barbra Streisand. This book is not a dish book.  You won’t find juicy, behind-the-scenes stories from the lives of those he produced.  Instead you will learn a lot about the craft of making fine records.  Loved this book.

The Little Flowers of St. Francis (translated by Raphael Brown).  This is a classic, written some seven hundred years ago.  Francis of Assisi was a remarkable, Spirit-empowered follower of Christ.  Rejecting wealth, he started a move of reform in the Church of His day.  Miracles were a regular occurrence in the lives of him and his friars.  This is a book of amazing stories from his and others lives.  My kind of saint.

Enjoy!