Posted by: New in Every Way | May 23, 2012

Irreplaceable Parts

When was the last time you had to buy a whole new computer, lawnmower, or riding toy because its thingamabob broke—and the replacement part was no longer available? Frustrating, huh?

Have you ever thought of people as irreplaceable parts? I mean, so unique that no one else can quite take their place—and so valuable that some things just can’t happen without them. Isn’t that one of the messages of 1 Corinthians 12:12-25?

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.. . . 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. . . .  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? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. . . . God has put the body together . . . 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other (1 Cor. 12:12, 15, 17, 20, 24-25).

One of the teachers at a workshop I attended seemed to me to be an airhead. I felt sorry for her students. One evening we all shared something that was meaningful to us. This teacher pointed out the sweatshirt she was wearing. It had been made for her by her adopted daughters. One of them had been born with a rare heart defect, but was now healthy thanks to her new mother’s determined search for a medical solution. Her other daughter had been in Special Education classes, but with her mother’s help was now in regular high school classes.

I had judged this woman to be worthless. I found out she was a heroine, and I was grateful for what she was doing—because I couldn’t have.

In recent years I’ve discovered some surprising things about myself. Because my house, car, etc. are never messy but not completely tidy either, I considered myself disorganized. However, when a friend of mine started a social group for women, I began making practical suggestions about such matters as scheduling, publicity, and refreshments. Before long, I was handling most of the administrative details for the group. When I was no longer able to continue with this responsibility, I trained someone to take my place. After several months, she left the position. It was not long before the group disbanded.

I learned I am an organizer. And that an organizer can be pretty indispensable.

Making It Personal

  • Are you annoyed by the odd way someone else functions? If you look again, might you find the genius in them that is helping to make the world a better place? 
  • Are you impatient with others for fumbling with tasks that are easy for you? Could it be that God did not give them ability in this area—he gave it to you—to share?
  • Do you feel like a misfit? You’re not. There’s something about you that your neighbors secretly admire. Or they will begin admiring you, if you choose to be yourself in a confident, friendly, and helpful way.


  1. I loved this one, it shows your compassion.

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