Better with the pretzels!
“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. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 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? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12:15-26
I was watching from the window as Southwest Airlines brought the plane in and quickly began prepping it for the next flight. We fly Southwest because they have family seating and nothing beats family seating. There were so many people involved. There were individuals walking around checking the exterior of the plane, someone began to fill the plane with fuel, another individual pulled the bags off the conveyor belt as another scanned the bags going on. My favorite was the individual in charge of the pretzel truck. Yes! There is a truck that holds the pretzels and drinks. The pretzel guy was in charge of lifting the truck to a door and refilling the plane with pretzels and drinks. While watching, I began to wonder if the person in charge of pretzels ever questions his place on the Southwest Airlines team. Does he ever feel unimportant? Does he question his value? Does he compare his job to others around him? I wonder if he ever wakes up and second guesses going to work that day? Do they really need me?
Yes! They do. Let me tell you. I look forward to my complimentary pretzels and soda. I eat Jessie’s too. If I’m lucky Ellie let’s me have her pretzels. I would be one disappointed person on that flight if pretzel guy decided not to show up. His role, while it may seem small is so important to the big picture.
Do you see where I’m headed with this? It can be so easy to compare our purpose to someone else. Each of us has been given a purpose. God has designed a specific plan for our lives. He has given us a role to play in His plan but many of us have negative feelings about our role. We don’t see our value! We want the role that we see someone else playing. We can throw a pity party all day, begging Jesus to give us another role but I don’t believe He plays the pity party game. He chose you for your role for a specific purpose and your role matters. YOUR ROLE MATTERS! So, serve Jesus in your role 100%.
If you are feeling like you have no place in this world, or that your role is unimportant, or you are comparing your purpose to those around you please remember that in the bigger picture every pretzel matters to Jesus. He created you with a plan and a purpose in mind. You matter to Him. YOU MATTER TO HIM! He wants you to be a part of His plan. He wants you on His team. Your role, no matter how big or small is so important. Stop wishing you could play another role (unless Jesus is calling you) and be the best pretzel guy there is because every flight is better with the pretzels.