“For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot says…” (1 Cor. 12:14,15)
Have you ever found yourself unhappy with your position? Have you ever caught yourself thinking (or saying) that this is not fair!? Things should not be the way they are, they should be different! Have you thought that you should have been promoted at work, perhaps serving in a more distinguished job setting, or even that you should have more influence on how things are done? I admit that sometimes my mind wanders down these trails. We need to leave this path of thinking entirely.
The Heart of the Path
The problem above is simply discontentment. We are urged throughout scripture to be content in our situations. This problem is a common human struggle (don’t believe me? Check out 1 Cor. 10:13). All of us struggle with this in some way at some time. Some folks may struggle with it more. For some it may come out in different ways, but we all struggle.
So here is my solution, we all need to want to be a good foot.
The foot is a body part that receives very little honor. It is usually behind the scenes, and usually something that others don’t like to come into contact with. It is only noticed when there is something wrong with it, and many times it is simply forgotten.
We don’t like to be “the foot” sometimes; we always want to be the head (or at least some other more glorious part). We want to have say over what is happening. We want things to go our way. In our natural flesh, we don’t want to be the part that is covered up, that does the hard lifting, that only gets noticed if something goes wrong, that is generally disregarded. We would rather have positions of honor. Maybe we don’t want to be a brain, but being a face isn’t so bad. Rather, we want to be an attractive part, a part that receives honor and glory.
So Be a Good Foot
Scripture would call us to something much different. It says that we need “feet”. We need the entire body. So if you ever find yourself struggling with contentment, as I do from time to time, start paying to God, “Please make me a good and happy foot!”