1 Corinthians 12:14-20
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
I have written about Saint Paul’s understanding of team work, synergy and the concept of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Here is another example of that understanding.
It show us how he understands the importance of team work.
I think these particular verses show us how Paul understands the importance of diverse thoughts and skills within the team. He understands how each individual in the organization or team has valuable contributions to make and without those contributions the outcome would not be as great as it could be.
Paul also understands that all the team members, all the body parts must work together to achieve a common goal. Just like the human body that Paul is citing metaphorically in these verses.
If the eyes aren’t looking where the feet are walking and the hands aren’t grasping what the eyes are seeing nothing is going to get done. The team will just stumble around getting nowhere and nothing will get accomplished. Soon the body, the team will give up.
Paul is also telling us that we all serve a purpose in life. We just need to figure it out and then work with others to maximize the strengths of our purpose.
In the Catholic Church Paul is the patron saint of missionaries, evangelists, writers, journalist, authors, public workers, rope makers, saddle makers and tent makers.
Well I’d like to nominate him for patron saint of coaches and team builders.
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