Feel Insignificant? Nothing more than an eyebrow in the body of Christ? Been There.

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Do you ever feel like nothing more than an eyebrow in the body of Christ?

12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[c] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

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. 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 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? 18 But in fact God has placed 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 put the body together, giving 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.

{That’s a big ol’ chunk of Bible, but I hope you’ll read it.  I can’t say what I’m about to say if you’re not familiar with that passage. }

I read that bit of scripture one day, and I thought about all the incredibly talented and commited women that I know and I thought:

Wow, do I ever know some hands and eyes in the body of Christ.  They were missionaries, ministery leaders, writers, adoptive mothers, special-needs mothers, other noble callings, or combinations of several of those! 

They were inspiring, passionate, sold out for Christ and living each day for his purpose!

I felt so insignificant.

One day, I lamented this to a friend in one of our hours-long phone calls that we now reduce to text messages. “I am not a hand.  I am not an eye.  I’m not even an ear or a foot.  I just feel like an eyebrow.

I’m nothing more than an eyebrow in the body of Christ.

Before I could let that pity-party even get to the appetizer course, I stopped myself and let the truth of God’s words into my heart.

If I’m just an eyebrow, then I’m gonna be the best darn eyebrow I can be!

You’ll never guess what happened next.

Before long, posts like this started showing up in my feed:

12 Celebs with No Eyebrows

There’s even a whole web page devoted to it!  Celebs With No Eyebrows

Natalie Portman, unrecognizable without eyebrows.

Google “perfect eyebrows” or “how to shape eyebrows” and you’ll be flooded with information, tutorials, charts and videos dedicated to the importance of eyebrow shape in the overall appearance of your face!

Image Cred: Runaway Chef

It’s a huge topic for the beauty industry.  There are eyebrow trends in fashion.

But besides beauty, are eyebrows good for anything?  I’m skeptical. *raises one eyebrow*

Just think about all the emotions and sentiments you’re are able to communicate just by moving your eyebrows!  One cannot draw and angry face without the use of eyebrows.  Excited, scorn, confusion, surprise, flirting…the list could go on all day.

It seemed like everywhere I turned, God was showing me how important a little ol’ eyebrow really can be.

We all know those hand and eye people.  Even the people you think of as hands and eyes know someone else they think is more important than them in the body of Christ.  We know what it’s like to feel insignificant.  We tell ourselves things like:

I’m not much use because I am just not that creative.

I’m too young.  I can’t do anything important until I have my life on track. 

I’ve got kids at home so I can’t contribute anything to the Kingdom right now, maybe when they’re older. 

I am too poor.  I’ve got to think about making money to provide for my family. That’s all I can do, nothing noble.

I’m too old.  Maybe I could have been a benefit to the Church when I was younger, but I’m just too tired now. 

I am too shy.  I’m not vibrant and outspoken and brave so I really don’t do much for the body. 

I’m so loud and awkward.  If I were gentler, I could reach souls for Christ, but I am just not cut out for it. 

I am sick.  My days are filled with doctors appointments.  What good can I be? 

Listen, if a little ol’ eyebrow is important, you are too!  Really think for a minute: is there any part of your body that is so insignificant you wouldn’t miss it if it were gone?

“At least you’re an eyebrow.  I’m nothing more than a fingernail.”  Who’s gonna take care of that itch?

Knees, ankles, thumbs, hair, eyelashes, bottom lip….you’re all important!  Maybe you’re that tiny bone inside the ear that reverberates to help us hear.

Whatever you are, you’re necessary.  You’re important.  You’re needed.

Remember those amazing hand and eye women I was comparing myself to.  They’re normal.  They’re not especially talented, they have kids, illnesses and imperfect personalities.  Some are old, some are young.  What really makes them remarkable is what they did.  They DO.  They encourage, and teach, and love, and babysit, and cook, and write, and create, and GO.  It’s not that they are better, they simply made a choice to put aside their fears and insecurities and serve with the situation, temperament, and talent that God gave them.

Please don’t think that I am telling you that you have to volunteer for every need at your congregation or join every ministry opportunity or go on every mission trip.  Thumbs are not needed for speaking.  Mouths are not needed for tying shoes.  (I hope you’re following my analogy here.)

You don’t have to do everything.

Just do your thing!  I’m gonna be the best darn eyebrow I can be.  And you be YOU.

And together, through the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord, we will make one whole body working together!

 

 

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