Do What You Do
I love to sing. For as long as I can remember, I have always been apart of someone’s choir, praise team or other musical group. Now while I am no Jennifer Hudson (aka “J-Hud”), I can carry a tune and blend with other voices. I can say with relative confidence, however, that I am not a lead singer by nature. While I could make it work if need be…let me rephrase that, while God could make it work if need be, singing lead on a song would not come natural to me and would certainly not be comfortable. Does this diminish my value and my contribution to a musical entity? Absolutely not. There is value to having a strong ensemble and blended sound. It makes the whole better. Take one of my favorite singing groups, for example, Pentatonix (not pictured above)- to me their harmony is amazing. No one part is greater than the whole in that group. Each voice is needed to create their distinctive harmonious blend. Each sound is different but of equal value to the group.
Similarly, we all bring our own unique, style, flavor, talents and abilities to the groups or organizations to which we belong and this in and of it self should be celebrated. Often time what I see in our society is the opposite. People are trying to be like everyone else-to look like everyone else, to sound like everyone else and to do what everyone else is doing. People want to feel important and valued, and for some that means following the trends and jumping on the proverbial “band wagon.”
I believe that God designed us uniquely on purpose. We are each a part of a larger plan and purpose. When we embrace our unique gifts, callings and abilities and operate in them alongside other people, I believe we are functioning in the way that God intended. Consider 1 Corinthians 12:15-20, where Paul uses the analogy of the human body when describing unity in the body of believers concerning their spiritual gifts:
“15 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. 16 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.17 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? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (NIV)
Everyone has a part to play in this life and while roles may be different they are all valuable and indispensable. We need each other and the “differences” that we bring to this world to make it better and to fulfill our unique purpose in this life. The next time you struggle with issues of self-worth and significance, I would encourage you to consider the gifts, skills and abilities God has given you as well as the opportunities currently before you to operate in them. Take advantage of those opportunities to allow yourself to be used in a way that benefits others. Remember that you matter and can make a difference where you are and with who are.