Friday, August 30, 2013

Just Keep Swimming

It should go without saying that writers are courageously persevering people. A spirit of courage and tenacity is practically a requirement for those who write. Just think of it. So many incredible books would remain yet unwritten had the author not persevered. Theodore Roosevelt said, "Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty… I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well.”

I think it's rather funny that there are people who believe that writing isn't a "real" job. To them I ask, "Really? Have they tried writing a book?" I think, too often, we judge people for the positions they hold in life. You know, the lack of appreciation shown to the housekeeper at the hotel or the cashier at the fast food place, or the men who collect our garbage every Monday morning at an ungodly hour. Why do we esteem the lawyer and doctor, but look down on the person who clears our table at the restaurant, drives the taxi, or agonizes over which word to peck out on the keyboard writes books?

I've been reminded this week of 1 Corinthians 12:14-26:

For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says, “Because I am not a hand, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “Because I am not an eye, I am not a part of the body,” it is not for this reason any the less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the sense of smell be? But now God has placed the members, each one of them, in the body, just as He desired. If they were all one member, where would the body be? But now there are many members, but one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; or again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, it is much truer that the members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary; and those members of the body which we deem less honorable, on these we bestow more abundant honor, and our less presentable members become much more presentable, whereas our more presentable members have no need of it. But God has so composed the body, giving more abundant honor to that member which lacked, so that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

While this verse is talking about Christians in the body of Christ, it holds truth than can applied to the world's view of people and positions. We are all equal in God's eyes as far as worth and value, yet gifted uniquely and individually by the Creator to make an impact on our world. If we see ourselves through the eyes of Christ, we will courageously persevere in whatever job we do.

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