“Everyone is a nerd about something.” – Chris Lirette

1 Corinthians 12:14-21

Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

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. 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. 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.

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!”

When my in-laws were in town a few weeks ago, we tried our best to give them the Tourist Treatment, including a trip to San Antonio to see the Alamo. All three of our boys came along too, but as you probably know, the Alamo is much more interesting for adults than for little kids. All of the adults were reading names, reading stories, reading placards, and satisfying our curiosity for this area and this moment in history. The poor kids, on the other hand, were bored out of their minds. At one point, Josiah came up to me and lamented, “Mom. I just don’t understand all this about the Alamo!” So I started to reply with, “Oh! Well, back in the 18th Century…” and Josiah interrupted me, holding up his hand, “Mom, no. I don’t want to know.”

I would have been frustrated, but I had to laugh because that’s exactly what I’m like. I love to learn, and I am endlessly curious. But sometimes, on some subjects, I just don’t want to know. 

This is why school presents such a challenge for me. As I wrap up my undergraduate studies, I’ve come to realize that while I could read about theology or history or sociology all day, there are some subjects that I am not interested in at all (like anything involving MATH). And some of those subjects are required credits for me to graduate!  So, for the greater goal, I have to push myself, pace myself, and discipline myself, especially when a subject doesn’t come naturally to me.

The Church is oftentimes a lot like this. We each have our own gifts and strengths in discipleship. For some, study and devotional time are like falling off a log. For some, service projects are pure joy. For some, working towards justice. For some, music. For others, worship. And then, for each of us, there are those areas of discipleship that don’t come as easily. This is why it’s so wonderful that Christ gave us a family in one another.

There are so many things to learn and ways to grow, that we can’t possibly excel naturally at them all. So isn’t it a blessing that we have one another, to encourage each other in our strengths, to challenge each other in our weaknesses, and to keep one another in prayer at all times?

Brothers and sisters, I am glad to be in a family with you, and I’m glad we’re all different.  I’m glad we’re all curious in different ways. I need you. We need each other.