The alien inside me

Renee Ann Smith —  October 1, 2012 — 30 Comments

Sometimes I forget who I am.

  • For example, I’ll know I’m supposed to be a rational adult making decisions about her elderly mother’s care, but inside I’m feeling like a little girl who still needs her mommy.
  • Or when it’s time to play the calm, competent educator, I’m feeling as giddy and day-dreamy as the teens I teach.

No one else knows when this is happening because I’ve gotten good at going through the motions—greeting people, making small talk, laughing at the appropriate moments—while the woman inside me watches the performance with interest. Recently, an especially vivid “I’m-outside-myself-watching-myself experience” brought to mind a powerful truth: that who I am—the real me, the person who will live for eternity—is so much more than the chubby, middle-aged woman most folks see.

C. S. Lewis comments on this aspect of eternal life with these lines, “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you 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 a corruption such as you now meet only in a nightmare. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. It is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit—immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.”

Think of it—our whole world is inhabited by immortals in disguise!

Years ago, I watched a movie called Men in Black, where aliens from other solar systems chose to set up camp inside whatever earthly body would serve their purpose. So all the while others were interacting with a well-dressed, distinguished-looking businessman, inside a tiny alien was working the controls. The body was just a shell. The power and special abilities came from the being inside.

A fun visual for who we are in Christ—and a reminder to stop focusing on the shell.

C. S. Lewis reiterates this point, “You don’t have a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.” And in I Samuel 16, God tells us straight up, “Looks aren’t everything. Don’t be impressed with his looks and stature . . . God judges persons differently than humans do. Men and women look at the face; God looks into the heart.”

Maybe that should change how we look at ourselves.

Maybe that should change how we look at other people.

And how we serve them.

Soak in these words from Father Jude, a highly educated monk who ended up spending most of his day serving his fellows in the kitchen . . .

Keep this in mind as you go through your day: they’re all around us—immortals in disguise . . .

This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Use It on Monday, Soli Deo Gloria, Encore Link Up, The Better Mom, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Wise Woman Wednesdays, Wholehearted Home, and WIP Wednesday.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

30 responses to The alien inside me

  1. Love the truths of this blog. Our lives of caring for our moms and teaching…just feel we understand each other. Thank you…you verbalize artfully.

  2. Thank you so much for this… I thought about it concerning other people, but I must remember that this is true of me as well! Excellent word for me to ponder as I start my week.

  3. Wow, that’s a powerful quote by Father Jude! Thanks for this reminder to see everyone as an eternal soul. I love how you see the world, Renee!

  4. Stopping by from SDG. I love the Men in Black movies… never thought of the spiritual implications. Thanks for the interesting twist. I’ll never see those movies in the same light again. Blessings to you!

    • Love your blog and the post you shared about not letting our eyes grow dim to the miracles around us. Thanks for stopping in here, Alicia. I hope to visit your site more often. Blessings!

  5. I’m your neighbor at SDG…had to laugh as I read about aliens and disguises because of the post I have up right now:)

    And don’t we all need our mommies? Mine is 81 years old and lives 750 miles away. I call her all the time whining, “I want my mommy”. So glad for cell phones with free minutes!

  6. Love this Renee! Thanks so much for the reminder that I’m an “immortal in disguise” :)

  7. Beautiful! Thank you! I love C.S. Lewis!

  8. Where did you get the C.S. Lewis quote, which book? My husband was wondering the source because he was interested in using it. He’s a pastor.

  9. I love the “Men in Black” analogy! So true. Our bodies may age, but the spirit and soul inside is ageless, timeless. Won’t it be great to have our new bodies when Jesus returns for His church? I’m really looking forward to that! Especially this week, as I’m suffering from back trouble. Bless you Renee!

  10. That’s a beautiful quote from Father Jude. I’m copying it in my journal. We pass many “immortals in disguise.” I need to be more aware.

  11. C.S. Lewis talks about how we interact with immortal souls everyday. People are not just clerks or bus boys but immortal beings. Kinda puts things in perspective. We should evaluate our worth differently.

  12. Great quote at the end. We so often want to apply the truths of who we are in Christ to ourselves, but forget they apply to everyone else too!

  13. Love it! What a refreshing reminder.

  14. Yes, I too often am still the little girl inside. It is good to know that Christ abides inside us and that it is an honor to serve others selflessly as Father Jude did.

    It is nice to meet you and thanks so much for linking up at WholeHearted Home this week.

  15. I am so thankful to find another wonderful post from you on NOBH! I am reminded of a devotion I used to do with my fifth grade classroom where I had several students take off their shoes and line them up in front of the room. I then asked the students, “If God were to use these shoes to determine who was going to heaven, which ones would He choose?” At first my students looked at me like I was crazy. A few picked out the clean, shiny, sparkly ones. Then others picked up on the entire message and protested, “He wouldn’t just pick the clean ones!” This always led to a wonderful discussions as to how we may look at the outside, but our Heavenly Father looks to our hearts and what’s on the inside. Thank you for blessing me this morning with this read.
    Love and God Bless,
    Christy

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