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Self Respect and sense of purpose

Updated: Aug 3

 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? But in fact God has placed the parts in 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. ! Corinthians 12: 17-20


Oh friend, are you a foot? Are you a foot that wishes you were something else, a hand ? maybe an eye? Do you see the hands or eyes out there and wish if only you could do what they do? Do you bemoan the belief that you were given such lowly gifts. Do you have trouble seeing exactly what it is you are truly gifted at anyway? Afterall, the hand can reach out and grab hold of another hand, it can lift food to the mouth, or paint, or write, or play music. Dear foot, please know that you are so necesssary, that you are structured perfectly for the work that you are made to do, that you are the one who carries the whole entire body where it needs to go, you are so strong, you are so necessary for balance, for moving toward or away from somethin. The hand could not get to where it needs to go unless you carried the body there, the eye could not take in the beauty of adventure unless you first did your part to take it there, you put the body in motion, you aren't afraid to get a little dirty to do your job, you have a certain toughness to you. If you could fully absorb the importance of your gift, the strength you offer, the incredible value you bring. If you could focus on the unique tasks given just to you to fulfill your purpose, you would be filled with so much self respect and wonder at the intricate details of your design, that you would have no time to focus on the hand or the eye and what they were doing. You would be so fully emersed in being the beautiful perfectly created you. You would find joy in what you can uniquely do, wiggle your toes in the sand, experience the soft grass on the lawn on a summer day, take the body dancing. To the feet out there as well as the hands and ears and eyes, Know yourself, know your design, you gifts and live abundantly out of them. We hurt ourselves when we wish we were something we are not, and we hurt the body for which we are a part when we don't fully enjoy our potential because either we don't recognize it or we refuse to accept it.


This post has been a part of the five minute friday writing community. Added a couple days late!

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