CHARLOTTE (6:14AM) – One of my all-time favorite quotes is this from C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory:”
“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 splendours.”
I am reminded of this thought often – that every human interaction is an opportunity to touch the divine – to make an indelible impact on someone – and I hope I’m reminded enough that I treat people always with honor and respect.
I was reminded of this thought again this weekend. Our dear friends Laci and Wes took care of the boys while we attended a couples workshop taught by Drs. Beverly and Thomas Rodgers. Dozens of couples in a South Charlotte hotel room, working, learning, wanting to build better marriages.
I felt so honored and blessed to be in the company of so many beautiful people willing to overcome their fears and work toward becoming what Dr. Bev calls “the Divine Us.” We enter marriage as two separate human beings – and if we can, together, work past the “power struggle” phase EVERY marriage will face – we can then begin to heal each other’s wounds to build the kind of lasting relationship God wants for his people.
Thank you, Tom and Bev – for sharing how you moved from deep woundedness to wholeness with us so we can learn from your struggles and have the courage to face our own pain and fear. Thank you to each of the couples in that room – for being there, for opening up, for your warmth and kindness. I learned something from each of you. And thank you to my dear, kind, selfless, hard-working husband. The best is yet to come.
Rodgers Christian Counseling holds several of these “Soul Healing Love” workshops each year. I am certain this weekend marriages were saved in that room.