And that has to do with taking seriously Paul's language (in 1 Corinthians 12) that each of us is a particular PART OF -- but none of us IS -- the Body of Christ.There's a line from the book Essentialism that captures this pretty well:
"I can do anything, but I cannot do everything."
I love that line. I love it so much I'm trying to make it a bit of a mantra. Not only for myself, but as a reminder about others, and the church.
Part of the reason I love it is that it contains both confidence AND humility in equal measure.
"I can do anything" (confidence).
"But I cannot do everything" (humility).
It's true, of course, for each of us:
"You can do anything."
Good parents tell their children this: "you can do anything you set your mind to: want to be an athlete? A clarinetist? An accountant, social worker, teacher, doctor? You c…