FEBRUARY 10, Colossians 3:23


Sue plopped down on her favorite chair and looked over at her father, who was reading a sports magazine. “Dad,” she began hesitantly, then stopped.


Dad looked up. “What is it, babe?” he asked.


“It’s just… well, I wish I could be good at something,” said Sue. “Mrs. Lee is always saying what great posters Rachel makes for our Sunday school committee. Saravanan always gets the solos in choir. And all the kids want Tommy on their team when we play kickball. Everybody’s good at something except me. I just do stuff that doesn’t matter.” Sue slumped down into the overstuffed chair while Dad scratched his chin for a moment.


“I think you’re being too hard on yourself,” said Dad. “You are not bad at everything. Maybe you’re part of the leg muscles.” He turned back to his magazine. Sue looked at him curiously. “What do you mean?” Sue asked when he didn’t say anything more.


Dad smiled. “I’m looking for an article I read a few minutes ago,” he said. He turned a page of the magazine. “Here it is.” He pointed to a medical report. “This says that when we walk, we use two hundred muscles.” Sue was still confused. “So what does that have to do with me being bad at everything?” “Like I said, you’re not bad at everything,” Dad replied. “You may not be the best at some things, but that’s okay. Just do your best wherever you’re needed. When you do that, you’re like one of those two hundred muscles the body uses to walk.”


Sue thought about what her dad said. “Okay, all the kids need leg muscles,” she decided. “Rachel needs me to help her think up ideas. Tommy needs me to… ah… to cheer him on. And Saravanan needs me to… I don’t know…”


“To smile when he sings,” said Dad. “You’re great at that. And think about this. The Bible refers to Christians as the ‘Body of Christ,’ and every part of that Body is needed, too. Every Christian has something to do to help make things work right. So do your part with your whole heart as unto God-and you’ll be just fine.” Smiling, Sue nodded.


Thought: Do all things for the Lord’s sake!


Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me not to murmur nor complain but to do all things heartily as unto You! This I pray in Jesus’ name – Amen.