Today, as many people know, is a 50 year marker of the death of Clives Staples Lewis, one of the most prolific "Christian authors" of the past decade. My bias up front is that the works of CS Lewis are very dear to me. He's not perfect; no one is, so we must always be careful not to deify our heroes. Yet he has helped me immensely over the years in gaining a better understanding of the grace, character, and Joy in knowing Christ. As regards this company, and our recent endeavor of explaining why we do what we do, I was reminded of a short excerpt from one of his writings titled The Weight of Glory:
The load, or weight, or burden of my neighbor's glory should be laid on my back, a load so heavy that only humility can carry it, and the backs of the proud will be broken. 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 can 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 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...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 the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit- immortal horrors of everlasting splendors.
At the end of our last post, we explained our purpose as a company. That it is not about us becoming rich or famous, but rather stirring hearts and making relationships that can point more deeply to God. Though we aren't close to doing this perfectly, we try to see people in the way that CS Lewis describes above, as eternal beings, of utmost importance.