Dean Koontz send out a tweet, “unsolicited advice to writers,” about the horrible prevalence of disembodied body parts. He said in part, ” ‘Mary’s eyes flew around the room.’ No, she might have swept the room with her gaze, but her eyes remained in their sockets.“
Cracked me up! Fortunately Mary’s eyes did not actually leave their sockets and fly about the room. That would have been really weird and a bit creepy. So not only is that good advice, but it fits in with my post today about not disembodying yourself from your own body.
I keep having to repent of my impatience and hostility towards my knee, my hip, my shoulder, and my elbow.
I mean, it’s seriously annoying and inconvenient! Stupid knee, you better work properly, I have things to do! I’m not sure how many people are like me, but I literally blamed my foot for hitting the corner of the table the other day. Stupid foot! Sometimes I make my body and it’s lack of cooperation the enemy of my soul, instead of praising God for the miracle He created.
In my case, it’s total ingratitude too, because I’m relatively healthy and able bodied. Also, I know perfectly well that the path towards healing begins with love. You have to love your broken parts back to good health. That is just as true of our souls, as it is of our bodies. You will never heal a bad hip by cursing it or kicking it or rueing the fact that it exists.
You can totally love a bad hip without agreeing with it’s misery, too. It is hurting because it is not working as efficiently and miraculously as it was designed to do. That’s probably related to some form of user error, but I digress.
But this notion doesn’t just apply to our physical bodies, but also to the Body of Christ itself! 1 Corinthians 12 speaks of how, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.”
It continues, “If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body.”
You’ll have to go read it all yourself, but basically it is saying we are all diverse parts, with different gifts, with different skills, with different roles, but united as one Body. Don’t expect a hand to be an ear and then get all mad when it doesn’t work out. Don’t compete with one another and don’t demand conformity.
So of course Christians promptly begin to compete with one another and demand conformity…..
I get it, there are some hills worth dying on, some issues worth confronting, but there are also an awful lot of people fighting over the pettiest of all petty secondary issues. Just downright dumb secondary issues.
I have a couple of people who drive me batty too, and they are absolutely wrong about many things, and there are multiple messed up teachings in the world, but I really try to remember Philippians 1:18, “But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice..”