God thank you for this day! We thank you for the love you give us each day. God, we thank you for family, friends, colleagues, and even enemies that sharpen us and draw us close to you. God, we thank you for the love and life lesson they teach us. We thank you that they show us how to love each other and give back to others. We thank you that they are an example of Jesus and how you want us to act. God, we thank you for the lessons great and small, as well as, your protection and guidance each day. In Jesus name. Amen.
I need help from others and they need help from me to make it through this life. I can’t do this alone.
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Romans 12:4-8 NLT
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A Body in Need is a Body Indeed
Bible Reading: Romans 12:3-8
Since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others. Romans 12:5
Your body parts are getting together for a meeting. The chairman, your hand, calls the meeting to order—your hand, after all, is the only one who can grip a gavel. In a surprise first piece of business, your big toes step to the podium. “We quit!” they shout.
“What are you talking about, Toes?” growls your belly.
“We’re tired of getting stepped on,” your big toes moan together.
“You are low guys on the totem pole,” injects the funny bone.
Hand raps the gavel. “Order, please!”
“We’ll run away,” Toes reply. “We can wriggle to wherever we want.”
“You won’t be able to see where you’re going,” observe the eyes.
“We’ll get by,” one toe insists. “We might even take our friends with us. The feet feel the same way we do. They’ll probably hoof off with us too.”
The forehead wrinkles. Then your mouth speaks up. “Maybe you can get along without us, Toes, but we won’t make it without you. We count on you to keep us balanced.”
“Because of you,” say the hands, “we can put our best feet forward.”
The toes wiggle at the attention. “We do get kind of a kick out of hanging out with the rest of you. Well, maybe we need each other more than we realized.”
“And that’s what I’ve been thinking all along,” the brain concludes.
Here’s a question to talk about: Do you ever think like those toes? Do you wish you could get along without other people?
Folk singers Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon sing Simon’s famous words about wanting to tough it through life without the help of other people: “I am a rock,” they sing. “I am an i-i-i-island.”
Lots of us like to sing along with those words when we’re mad at the world. But seventeenth-century English poet John Donne wrote some other words that are much closer to the truth: “No man is an island.”
As much as you might try, you can’t make it through life alone. After all, even Jesus wanted fellowship, friendship, and prayer with his peers. So your friends, family, and others in the church—the body of Christ—have something you need. They’ve got help, encouragement, and companionship you can’t live without!
TALK: Do your family members and friends know that you need them? Are you meeting their need for you?
PRAY: God, thanks for keeping us attached to the people in the church, the body of Christ, who love us.
ACT: Go ahead. Tell someone today that you need him or her.
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