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We are not what we were meant to be....

We are not what we were meant to be, and deep inside we know it. If, when passing a stranger on the street, we happen to meet eyes, we will quickly avert our glance. Cramped into the awkward community of an elevator, we will generally search for something, anything to look at instead of each other. For some reason we fear to be seen eye to eye.


But think for a moment about the millions of tourists who visit ancient sites like the Parthenon, the Colosseum, and the Pyramids. Though ravaged by time, the elements, and vandals through the ages, and being mere shadows of their former glory, these ruins still awe and inspire us. Though fallen, their glory cannot be fully extinguished. There is something at once sad, and grand about them.


And such we are. Abused, neglected, vandalized, fallen-we are still fearful and wonderfully made. We are, as one theologian put it, "glorious ruins." But unlike those grand monuments, we who are Christ's have been redeemed and are being renewed and transformed as Paul said, "day by day," restored in and by the love of God.


Could it be that we, all of us, the homecoming queens and quarterbacks, the passed over and the picked on, really possess some hidden greatness? Is there something in us worth fighting for? The fact that we don't see our own glory is part of the tragedy of the Fall of mankind; a sort of spiritual amnesia has taken all of us. Our souls were made to live in the Larger Story of God, but as Chesterton discovered, ‘we have forgotten our part’:


We have all read in scientific books, and indeed, in romances, the story of the man/woman who has forgotten their name. This person walks about the streets and can see and appreciate everything; only they cannot remember who they are. Well, each of us is that man/woman in the story. Everyone has forgotten who really are. . . . We are all under the same mental calamity; we have all forgotten our true names. We have all forgotten who and what we really are. My contention is that it is only in Christ that we can discover our true selves. What do you think?

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