Did you know that I have the highest shooting percentage of any basketball player ever? It’s true! My one and only season of competitive basketball was a city league in the 3rd grade. I took exactly one shot the entire season – and I made it. Career shooting percentage 100% – then I retired 🙂 Why only one shot attempt all year you might ask? Because I was the slowest, shortest, skinniest, and least talented player on the team – by far. I sat at the end of the bench and didn’t play a whole lot. As far as I was concerned, I was a pretty disposable part of that team.
I’ve been thinking about my basketball “glory days” in the context of our theme for this school year “We are the Body” based on I Corinthians 12:12-27. We’ve probably all had times in our life when we felt like we didn’t fit in or belong or were just irrelevant. Maybe it was at work or school or in a club or as a member of a team like me. But one of our theme verses has something very different to say: “…on the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable” I Corinthians 12:22. Indispensable! I love the way that word is used here. To Christ we are not just important or valued or part of the group – we’re indispensable! While we might not always feel that way, Jesus sees us as a critical and absolutely necessary part of His body of Christ on earth. Don’t ever forget or doubt that regardless of your weaknesses, doubts, or faults you are indispensable! Even if your shooting percentage is lower than mine 🙂