Lessons from the Little Piggy gone to market

One Body, Many Parts

 12 The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized bya one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 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 cease to be 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? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 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!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 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, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.

a Or with; or in
The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984 (1 Co 12:12-27). Grand Rapids: Zondervan.



I am learning a lot from my body lately. Not by choice, probably because I was never a willing student in the first place. Nonetheless, I have some valuable lessons being heaped upon me.

Suffering from these chronic chiari headaches, I have learned how to try and cope and push through the day to day stuff even when you’d rather just lay down. It’s helped me cinch up a couple of notches on my baby belt and quit pegging out my wuss-o-meter.


That is, unless Kathy’s around and then I lay it on thick because she is awesome with the neck rubs. No one forward her this article… don’t ruin this for me!

And, more recently, I have learned other lessons from the broken (or, as my doctor described it, the the-toeshattered and fractured) big toe. That one will get you to slow down in a big hurry whether you like it, or not.


By the way, nothing is as sexy as an ankle high medical boot… Grrrrr….


Yep, God is really teaching me some new stuff head to toe.


I have to admit, I never really paid attention to my big toe until now, but as of last week he has my full attention. Each day I would say goodbye to him as I slipped a sock over him and shoved him in a shoe, never asking his permission. He was kind of like a daily kidnap victim being hooded and thrown in the trunk of a car and driven around all day.


Hmmm, interesting metaphor.


But, now he is center stage (no, I don’t know why I have made my big toe a he and a not a she? Probably because it would make me uncomfortable to shower with it if I didn’t).


Now I gingerly place him in an open toe medical boot.


Now I swing him far out of play whenever dancing children enter the room.


Now I prop him up on footstools, other chairs, coffee tables, desks, and other people whenever I get the chance. Doctors orders.


Now I and everyone I talk to spend part of every conversation gawking at him, discussing him and reviewing his situation.


With every move I make I am reminded that the doctor told me, you don’t take a single step without that big toe providing support, direction and thrust.


Who knew?


I do… now.


Too often we don’t know what we’ve got until it’s gone (80s power ballad by Cinderella… not an endorsement, just a fact).


The toe is fundamental to walking, and walking is fundamental to everything if you’re used to walking! So, for the next three to four weeks I will be booted up (don’t be jealous, you can borrow it when I’m done) I will be uber conscious of how important the lowly toe is.


Then, just a few days after the healing, and he loses his star status… it’ll be back in the hood and shoved in the trunk. Stuck in his life of stinky anonymity.


It seems a shame, but this is the metaphor of the church as well.


So, many people are called to serve in difficult and obscure positions. These places have no glory and can probably only be done by a select few. Not because only a few have the skills, but because only a few have the heart and only a few are called.


Not many would aspire to be a toe, which is understandable. But, remember what Scripture says:  “But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.“


Thats’ why when a toe goes AWOL and wants to be a hand, the whole body suffers! 


In the church we sometimes suffer from the disease of MBP (Migrating Body Parts). But, we need to understand that whatever our function is in the body of Christ… that function is essential!


Once again, God’s word says, “On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.”

So, this really means two things for us: first, if you are not serving the local church somewhere you are crippling it. I know from experience, it’s nearly impossible to get around when “That Little Piggy” is gone to market. Get in the game! Second, if you are serving, know that wherever you are, your position is ultimately important to the health and balance of the entire body. Stay there and stay strong. You are essential!


I’ll write more later, but right now it’s time for me to go wee, wee, wee all the way home…

3 Replies to “Lessons from the Little Piggy gone to market”

  1. I find that that is one of our greattest challenges at Extreme Hope. Getting people to help and feel needed without running them off.

  2. Too true… we can never make people feel anything, but we can provide them opportunities and paint them pictures. We just hope the little piggies come back from market!

  3. I am slow in reading this I know…but I finally did (would help if I actually bookmarked the page so I don’t have to hunt for a church bulletin with the web address on it.) Well I know what its like to suffer from chronic pain and other miserable body ill’s like allergies, low blood sugar, etc. The cotton flying around town now is driving my eyes crazy! I have learned to lean on God though and while I have my good days and bad days with the pain in my back and neck, I have found keeping Him close and having a sense of humor goes a long ways in not letting the pain get me down. The doctors want to do surgery of course on my back but I am a big chicken. Its one of those ongoing discussions I have with the Lord…overcoming my fear of hospitals…blah.

    Meanwhile, I have struggled, like I think we all do, in figuring out what ‘body part’ I am. I think many times the ‘church people’ just by being who they are..loving, caring, and making that connection with others is a wonderful part of the body..I see them (us) as the main part of the body in a way..the chest and stomach…large, visual parts and vital to the organs its holds. The ‘heart’ of the church. And while they may do seemingly small things, donate food, clothes, money for missionary trips, etc..without them the rest of the body would have nothing to attach itself too and the church would fall apart. All those so called small things really add up to very big and important things!

    The head of the body, being Christ, of course, is what leads us all and really keeps us on track. Then we have the extend parts the body can live without, but not very well and its crippling and limiting like you said in regards to your toe! Things can get really difficult quickly without those body parts..even if they are small.

    Given my physical limitations though, God has granted me with a gift to reach people through the internet. I can’t spell worth a hoot, and when I talk to people I almost always say or do the wrong things and I don’t know scriptures by book, verse, etc, off the top of my head, but with the internet I can do almost anything (expect clean house..lol). So I still have to do the physical work around here but that is ok cause it gives me time to think and pray and ask God to help me find the right information or resource for them. Plus of course just time for Him and I too. Currently I am in a discussion with a witch on youtube that lives in the Netherlands. She found my Christian video’s on there and has alot of questions.

    Because I encounter so many non-believers online I have gotten more heavily into apologetic and have every site that does Christian apologetics book marked I think! lol. I also use it alot with Christian too that are new to the faith and the bible. So I am..something on the body?..lol…a reaching hand maybe on the body of Christ? I don’t know exactly. I guess my long winded point here is anyone can be an active part of the body of Christ if they just let the Lord lead them to it. Because of my back I can’t sit or stand for long periods of time…when typing on the net, no one know I got up ten time to give my back a break. It gives me time to think and collect my thoughts too..unlike when I talk, I never know what I might say.

    I run into Christians daily on the Christian message board I post on that are frustrated because they don’t know what God wants them to do…either in a church or in their life also and I enjoy helping them with that too as much as possible. It seems to be a problem very common with Christians..not knowing what body part they are, what to do..or how to do it. I think your other classes would be great to be online for others on the net to access…maybe one day that will be possible? I hope.

    We have a lady on the message board that is bed ridden and in horrible pain most of the time. She is slowly dying of a terrible disease, but she is one of the biggest inspirations to everyone on there because of her faith in God and she is quite a prayer warrior too. I have also worked with children and adults so disabled they could not walk, talk or do a thing for themselves yet I see how they also contribute to the body of Christ and to the world in so many, many ways. Those that take care of them learn so much and they are in turn inspired by them.

    Anyway I guess I better stop now..didn’t mean for this to be so long. Being new at Venue 302, I hope eventually somewhere I can find a place to serve also. I am praying the Lord relieves your pain and so glad your toe is about all healed up too!

    God bless

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