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“Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.” (I Corinthians 12:24-26, New English Translation). I’ve never been a real sports fan, but I know how important the crowd’s cheering is to those playing the game. Clapping, shouting, whistling, chanting—the roar of the crowd can lift flagging spirits and help them push on to victory. Everyone, whether in…

“For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another” (Romans 12:4-5, New King James Version). We did it again! A friend recently flew in for a short visit, and I drove to the airport to pick her up. As I pulled away from the passenger pickup zone, she looked at me and said, “Same shirt.” I glanced over and, sure enough, we wore identical tops in the same color. Twins again—although we got dressed that morning…

“The glory of the young is their strength; the gray hair of experience is the splendor of the old” (Proverbs 20:29, New Living Translation). The wonderful thing about the body of Christ is there is room for everyone. It doesn’t matter if we are young, old, or somewhere in between. Nor does God look at intellectual abilities, our personal appearance, our physical strength, or any other measurement society places upon our worth. Sometimes we allow the world’s criteria to influence how we feel about ourselves. A better way to view ourselves is through God’s eyesight. Everyone has value. Everyone has…