Live for the "we"


“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…” (1 Corinthians 12:21-22)

Thought for the day:

In his book Rumors of Another World, Philip Yancey describes a visit Jesse Jackson made to the University of Southern Mississippi:

While touring the campus with the university president, [Jackson] noticed a towering male student, six-feet, eight-inches tall, holding hands with a midget coed barely three-feet tall. His curiosity piqued, Jackson stopped to watch as the young man, dressed in a warm-up suit, tenderly picked up the [small person], kissed her, and sent her off to class.

The president explained that the student was a star basketball player. Both parents had died in his youth, and he made a vow to look after his sister. Many scholarship offers came his way, but only Southern Mississippi offered one to his sister, too.

Jackson went over to the basketball star, introduced himself, and said he [admired] him looking out for his sister. The athlete shrugged and said, "Those of us who God makes 6' 8" have to look out for those he makes 3' 3"."

You see, when our individualism is used for God’s greater good, for the larger group, the group becomes stronger. Just look at all of the greatest sports teams, their prize personnel work together for the success of the whole team, not themselves. And yet those of us who pay attention know that is it the individual contributions that make up the team.

May you live for the we and not the me. But in doing so, may the me in all of us, bring glory, honor, & praise to God.

Prayer for the day:

Heavenly Father, humble me so that I will know to help those who, though they appear irrelevant, are actually indispensable. Amen.