Differences Make Us Strong

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b] faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:4-8, NIV

Tonight at our guys bible study, we read through Romans 12. I had a note saved in my phone saying “We are all created different, and that is ok, even good”.

It got me thinking, as I look at my group of friends, I realized while we all have 2 really big things in common, a heart after God, and a love for adventure, after that, the similarities end, until you get to the really minor stuff.

For example, I’m a nerd, I love computers, filming, photography, websites, graphic design, etc. I have no interest in sports, boxing, or almost anything athletic (except ultimate frisbee, I am a beast at ultimate frisbee), I’m a creative, but I’m not good a coming up with new ideas, only refining ones already in existence, am a HUGE introvert, and I don’t like beer.

Then you have Cameron, my best friend. He likes video games, but that is about where his love for computers ends really, instead he is a musician, a worshiper, and creator of new things from scratch. He is also athletic and likes sports, especially soccer (and boxing, with a select few people, and is an introvert.

Then you have Tyler, he doesn’t really like video games at all, can’t sit still for too long, loves to run, play sports, hike, be outdoorsy, plays guitar, is very creative, but also very business minded, is a mix of introvert and extrovert, and likes most beers.

Or Jordan, is probably the biggest gamer of the group, but doesn’t really like computers beyond that, loves to work with people, is business minded, and is a major extrovert.

And Sticky, super athletic, loves tennis, soccer, skating, naturally good at every thing he puts his hand to, has a very good marketing mind, and likes most beer.

I could go on and on, list at least 3 more people who should be on this list, and talk about how most of us might have a few overlaps, but none of us majorly overlap, the closest being Cameron and I. But notice something…

All different.

But together strong.

But notice how our differences work together? If we were to start a ministry, we would have all the needed elements right there. Our friend Jonathan could speak, I would be the tech, Cameron would lead worship, Jordan & Tyler would handle the business side of things, Sticky and I would handle marketing (him on marketing & ideas for graphic design, me actually doing the creating)… All of our strengths cover each others weaknesses.

And this is how God created us to be. God made us to have to live in community if we are going to survive. My best friends aren’t going to be just like me, and despite all the differences, we are all pretty “alpha male”… Which means we are going to disagree, but we are also all strong in the other peoples weakness.

What about you? Who has God placed in your life that when you look at them, you can’t help but wonder why you are friends because you have so few things in common, but the few things you have in common are the strongest bonds/values in your lives?

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