Friday, October 1, 2010
In July, Julie's mom and two aunts were here for a week. It was fun to watch them reconnect since they all live in different parts of the United States and lead very different lives. I'm not sure, but they may have enjoyed a few slumber parties that week. They worked hard together, but played and laughed a lot too. One thing they all share is a talent for music, especially the piano. On the last morning they were all here, they decided to try a trio at the piano. I've heard duets played on one piano, but never a trio!
It was amazing! Julie's aunt Joan was jumping from one end of the piano to the other as they played. There was beautiful harmony and lots more laughter, and smiles all around. I so wish I could do that just like them.
But then I happened to think about how God used them, working together, each doing something different on the piano, but the harmony created was beautiful. God has given each of us gifts and talents to use for His glory. When we use them correctly, we create harmony in the body of Christ. If we try to do the work God planned for someone else, another part of Christ's body, there is discord instead of music. If we joyfully do the work God gave us to do, we too can make beautiful music together, just like Diann, Sherlyn, and Joan. May we always strive to create harmony in the body of Christ, joyfully doing what He created us to do!
"But in fact God arranged the parts of the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 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, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." I Corinthians 12:18-27