WARNING: Long Post Ahead!
I am currently in the midst of a few writing projects (I have eclectic tastes) and for one I am working on this thought came to mind:
I am important... so are you!
We all like to think that we are a linchpin (yes... that's a Seth Godin-ism for those who are taking note)... we all like to think we are indispensable. And we should be... whether we think we are or not.
Please don't misunderstand me here. There are many exhortations in the Scriptures, calling us to humility. I am not talking about thinking of yourself as being better than anyone. Actually... I am talking about interdependence.
My wife home schools our 4 children and I assure you... she is filling a great role in society and is very important to me, our children, and the people my kids will one day influence.
I know public school teachers that are on the cutting edge of integrating new technologies and tried and true teaching methods and are producing amazing things!
The next time you stop by Burger King for a Whopper, remember all those horrible jokes you told or heard about "flipping burgers". For the moment... the burger flipper is indispensable to your day.
What does this have to do with the season we find ourselves in? Everything!
What's your role in the body of Christ? Are you content with it?
Consider the following from 1 Corinthians:
The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (New International Version)
YOU are important.
Be blessed... be a blessing!