Rev Dr Karen Smith
Good morning. Tomorrow when the Academy Awards ceremony is held in Hollywood, people around the world will be waiting to see which film, actor and actress will be named as the best of the past year. While most of the accolades are given to those who have been centre-stage, it is good to see that others who have worked behind the scenes are also honoured.
It doesn’t always work out that way, of course. At times people who have worked in supportive roles for years aren’t recognized. Yet, more often than not, it is a person working quietly out of the spotlight who makes things happen. Behind every chief executive there are faithful workers, who clean, answer the phone or provide a smile and word of welcome to a visitor. And no person is more important than the other.
The Apostle Paul likened our need for one another to a body with many parts. He wrote:
Indeed the body does not consist of one member but of many. “The eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you," nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." On the contrary, the members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.
Recently, as part of his school work-experience my son had the opportunity to go to a local business where he observed people working together. Later he told me that one ‘boss’ in the company walked by him several times without even a nod of acknowledgement. Yet the Company Director welcomed him warmly and had time for a chat. This man knew every employee by name and always took time to smile and to offer words of encouragement to everyone. Whatever their job or rank, they all mattered.
Loving God, teach us to value and respect everyone. Remind us daily that we all have need of one another. Amen