Becoming Human: 1 reason not to say “I’m only human”

You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

 

Becoming Human

I have a new thought today. It is ridiculous to say “I’m only human,” because to be human is a truly magnificent thing. To be human is to be made in the image of God.

Humans are made to love, think, and act just like God himself. You can recognize humans. Humans radiate love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Potter and Clay

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As I ponder this idea I think of it this way. God is a potter. We are his clay. God had a magnificent idea one day back before there were days. He decided to make humans. He decided to make them like him. The new people were deceived by evil. They bit the lie that God is not good enough or generous enough. Ever since, every person in history, except the one real man, also has a force inside pulling us to be un-human. We live in ways that are un-loving, un-joyful, un-peaceful, impatient, unkind…you get the idea.

So, the potter got to work creating us again. God the son, the image of God himself, came to buy us back, and begin the process of recreating humans.

When we rest in his love, trust that no matter what happens he is good and he is doing us good, we become a bit more human. We look a little bit more like God. When we doubt his love, and try to find another way to make things work out OK, we die a little bit. We collapse back toward being raw clay, formless nothingness. We “unmake” ourselves a little bit.

Clay on the potter’s wheel sometimes seems has ideas of its own. Without warning a piece that seemed to be taking shape can collapse. Sometimes a skilled potter can repair the damage, but most of the time the clay has to be taken off of the wheel, thrown into a pail of slimy water and old clay, gradually reworked into useable clay, and eventually returned to the wheel. That is what happens with us, I think. We are being made human, but sometimes we collapse in on ourselves and become less human.

Recreating

So, to be Christian is to rest in the potter’s hands as he recreates the image of God. Through the work of his spirit we love, live in joy and peace, and all the rest. After all, we’re only human.

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AthanasiusMy thoughts about what it is to be human were prompted by Athanasius of Alexandria, who was born in 296 AD. You can read more about him here. His book in the incarnation can be purchased on Amazon.

 

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