I recently met with a couple of friends (I’ll call them Sally and Amber) for an evening out. The three of us discussed life and God together, and towards the end of the conversation Sally mentioned that she felt like her thoughts and answers were very shallow compared to mine and Amber’s.
Her comment struck me because while Sally was feeling inadequate for what she perceived as not thinking as deeply as Amber and me, I was feeling inadequate for not doing as much as Sally.
As I’ve reflected on our conversation, I started thinking about how much I am a thinker. (Of course a thinker would think about that!) I’ve found that I can’t go, go, go. My mind needs time to process and reflect.
Sally, on the other hand, is great at going and doing.
Both are good.
We’re told in 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 that the body is made up of many members, and that each member is important for the proper functioning of the body.
But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary… But God composed the body… that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:20-26 (NKJV)
We all have a unique role, and that’s part of the beauty of life.
Maybe you’re a doer who struggles to cook dinner for your own family – cooking meals for the needy may not be your thing. But you may be able to take soup from a restaurant to someone, send cards of encouragement, donate financially, roll up your sleeves and wash somebody’s dishes, teach a Bible class, or paint a room. You can do something that really matters.
Doers should also take some time to sit and reflect.
“Be still, and know that I am God,” Psalm 46:10 (NKJV)
If you’re a thinker like me, you may not want or need to write a book or keep a blog, but you could share your thoughts in person with others who would benefit from them. You can listen. You can process.
Thinkers, we can think about how we can serve. Then we need to go do it.
If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?” James 2:15-16 (NKJV)