People Who Take Each Other Seriously

If you and I were to meditate on the following paragraph, allowing it to work its way into our hearts and minds, would not the way we relate to other people be radically altered? At the beginning of this work week, read it twice and think about how it might change the way you interact with the people with whom you work and play daily. From Lewis, The Weight of Glory:

“All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to [heaven or hell]. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities…that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. …It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. 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. And our [love] must be a real and costly love, with a deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner.”

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