1 Corinthians 12 verses 12 to 31
Something spooky happened to me this summer: walking in the metro, in Montreal, I met an old roommate from Barcelona, back in 2007! Unsure about whether or not she'd seriously call me to meet, and hoping to find her mail real bad, I started looking her up through my friends on facebook. I only ended up depressing myself for a minute, making one of the stupidest mistake one can make: letting doubt about past choices eat me up and comparing my life to anyone else's. In an effort to stop choking, I eventually looked my bible up, for comfort food. I could have chosen many verses, but this passage seemed like the most appropriate for today: 1 corinthians 12:12-31, in my translation titled "one body with many parts.". The verses 18 and 27, in particular, caught my attention.
We are all the different colors on the spectrum. We are from the Americas, Europe, a Nordic country or the middle east. I know I am in my twenties, my sister in her thirties, my parents in their sixties, grandparents in their eighties and my nieces, well none of these yet... And what about you? Shall I go on, mentioning all the different kinds of job possible now on this planet? As a teacher, I feel nostalgic for the simple list (doctor, nurse, lawyer, mechanic...) that sufficed in the past. As the passage suggests, some of us are hands, while others are feet; then another group of us would be the ears or the eyes. Our biggest problem is not with identifying which part of the body we are; I say that comes with living, figuring things out. No, I believe our biggest problem lies in our way of thinking, when looking at each other: the grass seems always greener on the other side. We so often forget that we are a whole and form a beautiful mosaic, like I've heard on some sunday mornings.
What would our streets look like if no one picked up the garbage on a regular basis? Or again, how would people become educated without others to teach them? Would you laugh and think about life, find comfort or have interesting -sometimes heated- discussions, without people there to entertain you, express themselves in an artistic way? Would you know what's going on in the news without people to inform you? We always want to play a big role in society, impress everybody... Well, even by playing the smallest part of something, but playing it well, we are playing a big role in society! Pretending to be someone important, because it seems better, but not really helping anybody in particular is not impressive; but playing your own role well and truly helping, no matter what it is and if it's for a handful of people around you or more... That, to me, is truly impressive.
I'll leave you with Jesus' words in Romans 12:3-5:
"For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
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