Media, social and otherwise encourages us to want what others have. We forget that we are all part of one body. I can get caught up in rhetoric wishing others saw things my way. I also often wish I had the skills, body shape, prestige of others. I see others as more desirable than me.
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c]one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.16 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 stop being part of the body.17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:12-17, 27 NIV).
We need to celebrate differing opinions, differing skills, differing intellect. We need to remember that we are part of one body. We are all needed with our differences to accomplish God’s purposes. It’s true are some opinions that I will never understand, however we are all God’s creation.
Every time I approach difference, judgement, or criticism with an attitude of one body. I change. I begin to see with God’s eyes. I start to see the whole versus my little slice of life. I start to see what is right rather than what’s wrong. What would happen if more of us started to see ourselves and others as part of one body?
Do you see yourself as part of the body? Do you see others as part of the body? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.