The other weekend I took part in a goodwill sort of sale. The premise was that everyone who wanted a table had to agree to donate 20 percent of their sales to a charity. There were many people there (actually probably all but me) that were giving their 20 percent directly to someone’s adoption effort. Adoption and the adoption community is a weird thing. I’m not really in it, but I sit on the fringe of that road. But in saying that I wonder if sitting on the fringe is where any of us should be?
During my sale I had one encounter with a woman who, upon discovering that my funds were not going directly to bringing a child home, quickly wandered away from my table. She then proceeded to come back into the room and love on the woman next to me (who is bringing a child home) and not give me the time of day. I really didn’t know what to do with that…
God calls each of us to answer “yes” to Him in many different ways. Elizabeth and Mary said “yes” to God and birthed miracles. Paul said “yes” to God and walked a road independent of a spouse and family. I have many sweet friends who have said “yes” to Him and have brought children home from around the world. But there are many other ways that God calls us to say “yes” and they aren’t any less important or hard.
And in those “yeses” He calls us to walk into the lives of our friends and families. Mary ran to Elizabeth after the angel appeared to her. Why? Because she wanted to be in it with her. One would birth a man and one would be a holy child of God. Their roads were intertwined, but yet still different. And they walked their different roads together.
What He calls us to; the roads that we walk are all different and that is what makes the body of Christ amazing. I long to love others with a love that says “yes, you are walking the road that the Lord has put you on” and not be someone that says “this is the way you must go.”
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
21 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!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 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, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
Go and be a part of it. Knowing that God has called us each to our own roads. And each road is us saying “yes” to God and opening ourselves up.