Dishonoring your story?

Recently, I came across a a definition of the word “dishonor” that I hadn’t considered before:  “to treat something as ordinary”.  The idea comes from the greek word atimos, which means “to treat something as ordinary” and atimos translates into English as “without honor”.  Diving into the origins of words isn’t a general practice for me, but it does illustrate the importance of language and led to a moment of realization for me.

The whole reason this jumped out at me is because I began thinking of the things that I “treat as ordinary”.  The first thing that came to mind was my life, my journey, my story.  There is no one I know more guilty of this than me.  It’s only in the last 3-4 years that I’ve begun to embrace anything other than the idea that my life was ordinary.  I actually think it’s an additional challenge for folks who lead such lives to think of them beyond ordinary, because, to them, it’s not; it’s what they know, it’s their normal.  The realization that your “ordinary” is in fact “extraordinary” to the world around you isn’t always the easiest thing to reconcile.  Fortunately I’ve had some great help with this from friends like Andy Piscotti, who consistently reminds me how some of the simplest things in my life – like getting around Washington, DC – is actually epic because of how I accomplish that.

So, sitting at National Community Church this past Sunday I asked myself this question:  “By treating my life as ordinary for so long, and still doing it often today, am I dishonoring it?  Am I dishonoring what God has done and is doing?  If so, how do I change that, yet still maintain proper perspective and not fall into the trap of building the Death Star?”  The only answer I know that has any shot of working well is continued Dependence on Jesus, knowing I cannot do this life on my own, without Him.  Nevertheless, it’s still challenging because out there…in the shadows…Luthor Syndrome often waits for an opportunity to infiltrate.

But knowing “it’s a trap” is the first step in evading it.

It’s interesting that C.S. Lewis has a bit of his own take on this in his Weight of Glory essay, when he says:  “There are no ordinary people.  You’ve never talked to a mere mortal.”  The depth of that statement and the implication within – related to how we treat ourselves and other people – goes for miles beneath the surface.

What’s extraordinary about your life?  Are you dishonoring your own story?


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Author, Speaker, and Super Nerd. Aaron Welty speaks and writes regularly connecting the dots of life, faith, and science fiction. Originally from Michigan, he now lives and works in the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

One Response to Dishonoring your story?

  1. joshMshep

    Killer Lewis quote and take on it, thx bro

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