So much of what we see and hear around us can cause us to believe that we have to be everything or to know and have it all together in every situation and connection we make in life. However the beauty of being in community with others is that we can learn how to benefit and compliment one another. Much like a body works together to function. There would be no point if we were all a hand, eye or foot “for the body is not one member, but many.” (1 Corinthians 12:14)
In essence that bible verse is talking about teamwork and how God wants us to work as a team in our relationships and the wider community. The body is not supported by one member but by many parts, likewise we are all unique, yet strongest working together in unity.
Teamwork and seeing who we are and how and where we can contribute and make a difference is the key to living life in harmony.
Unfortunately too often we can feel like we have to be good at everything, converse deeply on a plethora of topics and know and be able to contribute, and be successful in all things. There is a lot of pressure to be and look perfect and have it all together in every area of our life; to be superhuman all the time. When we feel like we can’t contribute in a conversation, situation or our life or skills can’t relate fully we can easily start to doubt our value and worth.
The truth however is that we all come from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences, yet all our stories, gifts and talents are worth hearing and being shared with others. One person may be able to relate better to a particular person’s journey but we may be the one who acts as a connection point to bring them together. Another can be inspired by a person’s gift or talent and encouraged to chase after their own dream through watching or hearing their journey. The key is to understand that we are most powerful when we all work together. For then there is real opportunity for change and for each one of us to unite to bring positive change for good.
Today embrace who you are and the unique story, gifting and skills you have upon your life. Determine to set your focus on becoming the best version of who God has called and created you to be, whilst also encouraging others to do the same. There is no competition, because there is only one you.
As we embrace who God has made us to be, it becomes easier to appreciate and work alongside others. To celebrate and respect our differences, culture, gifts and beliefs, but also determine to focus on that which unites us rather than separates us, so we can come together to make the world a better place.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
“From him (Jesus) the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:12)
“And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” (Hebrews 10:24 )
Prayer: Lord thank you that you have made me unique with my own story, experiences and gifts to share. Please help me to appreciate who I am and to also be open to connect more with others as I appreciate others differences but seek to work together in unity. In Jesus name Amen.