Posted: February 08, 2017
Growing up as a competitive gymnast, I had my share of broken bones and injuries. When you injury something, it’s amazing how quickly you become aware of that one body part.
For example, I had to have several knee surgeries to repair a broken bone in my knee joint. I was on crutches for six weeks during the recovery. And when you can’t use a particular part of your body for six weeks, you realize just how essential it’s health and wellbeing are to the proper functioning of your entire body. Because I couldn’t walk on my leg during the recovery, I had to use crutches, which meant my arms and my healthy leg had to compensate for my injured leg.
When my knee was injured, I took special care to protect it, do my physical therapy, and rehabilitate it properly so it could be restored to its full function and resume its responsibilities so that the rest of my body could get back to normal once my leg was healed.
As the body of Christ, we all have a unique part in how our “body” functions for the kingdom of God. If someone in the body of Christ becomes “injured,” the rest of the body will come around them, compensating for them so they can take the time to heal and get healthy, so they can be restored back to normal functioning again.
If you’ve been injured from the circumstances of life, it’s ok to take a little time to heal and get healthy. It’s ok to take care of the “ME.”
That’s the beauty of the body. The “WE” can compensate for the “ME,” so the “ME” can get healthy and back to full function again. Having healthy “MEs” creates an even stronger “WE” in the long run!
“…so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”
-Romans 12:5 NLT
Dear Lord, thank you that I don’t have to do life alone and that I get to belong to the body of Christ. Help me to make sure I’m healthy and functioning well so I that I can contribute the best of me to the body. In Jesus’ name, amen.