Story of the Day for Friday May 20, 2011
Hidden From View by a Shoe and a Smelly Sock
“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
When you crouch down to lift a heavy object (a hay bale, let’s say) what is the most important muscle group you use? I’ll give you a hint: it’s not any muscles in your legs. No, it’s not in your back either. Or your arms.
I have a friend who is a university choir director. Though I was skeptical at first, Hank (that’s Dr. Alviani to you) convinced me that the most important muscles necessary to lifting a heavy weight are your vocal chords.
When you lift things, he explained, your body must hold air pressure in your chest cavity, or else it would collapse. That is why you always take a deep breath and hold it before you lift. Your vocal chords are holding the air in your chest. (The grunts you make while lifting is from tiny bits of air escaping.) Yet, without those tiny muscles in your throat, you would be unable to lift my daughter’s rock collection off the floor.
While God has given all of us our gifts and talents, it takes effort to view them from a proper perspective. All of us are tempted to make one of two mistakes. The first mistake is to feel that our gifts are superior to those of others. The second is to think that our gifts are not nearly as important as others. We wish we had gifts that others have.
Both of these attitudes are profoundly unhelpful.
God tells us that one part of the body should not look down on another part and consider it unnecessary.
Dizzy Dean was one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He led the National League in strikeouts his rookie year. In five years he won 120 games.
While pitching in the All-Star game in 1937, a grounder glanced off his toe. Rather than waiting for his toe to heal, he simply re-adjusted his pitching motion. Adjusting his delivery eased the pain, but overextended his arm. As a result, he ruined his arm, and no batter would ever see his blazing fastball again.
At the peak of his glory, many people could say, “Wow! What an arm that guy has!” Nobody would have praised his toe. But without his toe working right, his arm was ruined.
We all need each other. “Those parts of the body that seem weaker, are indispensible.” The secret is to thank the Lord for the gifts he has given you. And, if you feel your gift is like Dizzy Dean’s toe — hidden from view by a shoe and a smelly sock, don’t let that keep you from using it. The body of Christ will have a really sore arm without you.
(copyright by climbinghigher.org and by Marty Kaarre)