A few weeks ago Chelsea and I went out to eat with some friends at Prater's Taters in Parsons. It was our first time going there and I really enjoyed the atmosphere of the restaurant. On each table was a Mr. Potato Head. You probably remember this toy. A potato with arms, legs, eyes, a mouth, a nose, ears, etc. The unique thing about this toy, though, is that each of those "body parts" is removable. It's a lot of fun putting the eyes where the ears are supposed to go and turning his nose into an ear. No matter how hilarious he looks, however, I don't think he would be able to function very well if he were to come alive in such a configuration.

Whenever I see a Mr. Potato Head I'm reminded of Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 12. He tells the Corinthians that the church is a body and it is necessary to have eyes and ears and hands, etc. Each part has a specific function, not one more important than the other. He concludes by saying, "Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular" (1 Corinthians 12:27). Let's not look down on members who are different from us. Instead, let's learn to recognize their importance in the body of Christ.

Learning to value others,

Pastor Sutherland

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