February 2: 1 Corinthians 12: 12-21
"Indeed, the body does not consist of one member but of many...If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were hearing, where would the sense of smell be?"
Many of us are probably familiar with this wonderful passage about how all of our gifts are needed within the church to complement one another and make us a strong "body." It's worth pointing out that turning the page to the next chapter of 1 Corinthians leads to an even more famous passage. That passage is 1 Corinthians 13 which reads "Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not envy."
While we often read these passages separately, they are directly connected within Paul's letter here. And that makes sense. Envy results from being upset about the gifts of others differing from our own. Love has to do with enjoying, honoring, and celebrating the ways that the gifts of other people differ from our own.
So let's think about our strengths and our weaknesses, along with the strengths and weaknesses of others. Let's be loving by appreciating and celebrating one another's gifts.