Equally Beautiful

Yes, the body has many parts, not just one part. If the foot says, "I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand," that does not make it any less a part of the body. And what would you think if you heard an ear say, "I am not part of the body because I am only an ear, and not an eye"? Would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye - then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything?

But that isn't the way God has made us. He has made many parts for our bodies and has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! So he has made many parts, but still there is only one body.

The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you."

And some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. Yes, we are especially glad to have some parts that seem rather odd! And we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while of course the parts that may be seen do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that might otherwise seem less important. This makes for happiness among the parts, so that the parts have the same care for each other that they do for themselves. If one part suffers, all parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. 1 Corinthians 12: 14-26 (TLB)

Jackie Johnson lives in Colorado. A few years ago, she and her husband took a trip to the beachside city if Destin, Florida. Jackie grew up in Colorado and had never seen the ocean up close. One morning, as she watched the sunrise and listened to the waves, she was overwhelmed. She thought, God is amazing! Jackie pondered how different the coast is from the mountains in Colorado. Then she realized: in one part of the country the ocean displays the glorious and awesome power of God, and in another the mountains serve the same purpose. God also sets us each in different places - the place that will best display God's power and glory.

Sometimes Jackie has compared her life to others, thinking, surely I should be further along than this. surely I should have discovered some gift or talent in myself by now. But when she compares her life to someone else's, she misses the beauty God wants to display through her.

We all have different purposes, and no purpose is better than another - just different. The mountains and the ocean are equally beautiful and both display God's glory. So it is with us. We each have our own beauty, gifts, and talents - all meant to bring glory to God.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for creating our beautiful world. Help us to glorify You wherever we are, in Jesus' name. Amen.

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