There is a dignity and an honor to being a human being.”
– Rob Bell
I think we often forget this, especially when dealing with our own journey. We very rarely consider the honor and dignity of our own lives while choosing our own paths. However, it’s much easier to re-call the dignity of life when considering the path of those we love and cherish, for it’s when our friends, our sister, our brother, or our significant other begin to contemplate a change in their path, then caution flags go up and instantaneously we realize that their life has a dignity and honor attatched to it and that certain paths just aren’t good enough for those we love. We realize as human beings there are actions and choices that we could make that weren’t meant for us, actions that are below us, actions that belong to the animals and the beasts. We really are meant to live for so much more. And yet it’s just so much more difficult to find the clarity to discern between the options our own journey presents.
But why do you think that is, why is it that in our own lives those same flags of caution don’t present themselves? Why is it we might consider justifying the use of alcohol, drugs, or sex in our life but if it’s the life of someone we love it’s not something we’re willing to justify or compromise. Are we blinded by our own darkness, our longing for escape from the pain of our world. Do we lose sight of our own redemptive possibilities? Maybe it’s just something that comes with the loss of innocence, something that happens when we begin to think that redemption is less likely in our own lives, but yet still possible in the lives of those we love. Maybe that’s why relationships and community is so important because we need that constant reminder that even our life is one that was meant to be lived with dignity and honor. It’s interesting that even our subconscious understands this idea; it’s the reason that hotels don’t list the movies you watched on your hotel room bill, or why adult bookstores hide their parking lots from plain sight, or why we go to such lengths to try to hide certain choices we make from those who love us and yet all this time has gone by and we have never become fully cognisant of the reality, the possible redemption, and the responsibility that comes with being human. There are some decisions, actions, and directions we could go in life that are below us; not good for us; un-human, it’s time we start to accept our proper place in the world and choose to live life with dignity and honor.
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air,
and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!