Live In Harmony

Yes, the body has many different 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 if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it.  How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but 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.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen,  while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other.  If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. – 1 Corinthians 12:14-26

It is a distinct pleasure when God opens the eyes to beautiful surroundings. The stillness of a lake, vibrant sunrises that take our breath away, single flowers blossoming from tangled weeds and many more treasured sights. On one such outing I watched a mother duck and her ten rebel ducklings. They had strong willed minds and scattered paths of their own. Mama duck flapped her wings and quacked incessant warnings. She ran around the boat rental building chasing a few while others busied themselves in every other direction. Frustrated, she flapped her wings at the water’s edge and boisterously called the young back into formation. Once afloat with order seemingly restored, one poke-a-long hopped about trying to catch up. Mama never looked back. Somehow she instinctively knew her baby would catch up.

Perhaps we could learn a few lessons from the duck. If our focus on Christ is lost, we begin to bicker about this and that. One could imagine the Spirit of God flapping about trying to bring us back to order. If we all follow one simple path of busying ourselves on God’s awesome ways, love for Him and one another, not only would harmony be restored, others would follow.

By Ann Reilley

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