It was so frustrating!
The cables had been neatly arranged on the floor to look like a circuit board with one end plugged into the microphones and musical instruments and the other inserted into their channel on the sound desk. The projector was set up, the chairs unstacked and the musicians ready to practice. The only thing left was to lift the speakers onto the stands so the sound could be heard be everyone.
But where in the world was that pin?
In order to hold the speakers in place a small metal pin had to be slotted into one of the holes. But we couldn’t find it anywhere. In one moment the least important part of the set up had become the most crucial number in the equation!
There is no doubt that at certain times during it’s life this pin had felt overlooked. There may have been times when the cooler kids like the electric guitar or the strobe light neglected to invite it to join them, or when it felt unappreciated and insignificant. The tragedy is that this little pin had no idea how important it actually was. Eventually it all got too much and decided it no longer belonged, so one day it simply didn’t turn up.
In a similar way, we too can feel overlooked, insignificant or unappreciated and that we will never be as good as the cool kids. We can feel our contribution is negligible or that we are disposable and replaceable. But this perspective will not only rob us of the opportunity to thrive, but more importantly robs others of benefiting from the unique gift He has given to you.
Paul wanted to make sure no one would ever doubt their significance:
‘If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body’ – 1 Corinthians 12:15 (NLT)
In other words, no matter what opinion a particular part of the body may have of itself, it is no less a part than the others. Every single part is exactly where it’s meant to be:
‘God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be’ (12:18)
Never doubt the importance of your unique contribution. As we each play our part (no matter how small or unseen), we will make a sound for all the world to hear!