January 27, 2019

Why Everyone is Worthy of Respect

“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”—1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (KJV)

1 Corinthians, chapter 12, is an excellent illustration of how everybody’s important. The chapter talks about how every part of the body contributes to the whole.  The hand is not more important than the foot, and so forth.

In the same way, we all make necessary contributions to society. Yes, some individuals are in leadership positions.  We rely on them to help us. Custodians have a different responsibility, but they’re no less important. Dirty bathrooms are no fun. Wet, dirty floors are hazardous, too. (I know. I just slipped on one the other day.)

Jesus’ Disciples

The 12 closest followers of the Lord had varying personalities and backgrounds. They included a hotheaded fisherman, a tax collector, and a physician. These men of God still managed to work together. They probably accomplished this with the help of these traits:
  • Love
  • Patience
  • Forgiveness
  • Meekness

The Lion and the Mouse (Read the full Aesop’s Fable here)

A lion (the King of the Jungle) captures a tiny mouse. He’s about ready to eat him. The little rodent begs the big cat to stop. He also promises to repay the favor at some point. The lion laughs unbelievingly, but still releases the mouse.

The mouse is able to help the bigger animal a little later. He gnaws his way through the net in which the lion is entangled. The big cat is free again.

Which animal deserved the most respect? Which one was the most crucial in moving their jungle society further along? That’s a trick question. They both had vital parts to play.

The lion wasn’t the most noteworthy because he was bigger and louder. The mouse taught him a crucial lesson in not underestimating a smaller, “weaker” creature.

My Conclusion

Meekness is not weakness, but strength. It signifies a willingness to learn and to grow.  Jesus always demonstrated and advocated this virtue. The following quotes on the power of pooling resources are found on inc.com:

"None of us is as smart as all of us." --Ken Blanchard
"Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success." --Henry Ford
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." --Henry Ford
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much." --Helen Keller

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