“He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is health and growing and full of love.”
Ephesians 4:16 (NLT)
When we think about our body we understand that every part has a specific role to play in order for us to be functioning correctly and living a healthy life. We know that the hand has a different role to the knee, the heart plays a different role to the liver and so on. We read about this in Ephesians 4:16 and it makes total sense. But what if this verse isn’t just talking about a physical body but is describing our community. I mean think about it. I am sure you could name some communities that you have been involved in over time that have been healthy, growing and full of love and other communities that were not. I would suggest that the healthy communities were ones where all individuals played a role in making that community successful. Other Bible translations put it this way, “Every joint supplies.”
Well, getting everyone to contribute to the greater good of the community is easier said than done. Have you ever taught your kids as they grow up that it is their responsibility to clean their room or wash the dishes? You may have been met with some resistance! You may have also said something along the lines of “In this family we all play a part” or “In this house everyone contributes.”
Highlighting the roles and responsibilities of everyone in our community at Cedars has been something we have focussed on during assemblies and student meetings. In recent times I have seen students stepping up and contributing in such a positive way.
During Monday morning assembly this week we had an amazing outworking of Ephesians 4:16. I spoke to our Year 12 students tell them that one of their final roles or responsibilities is to prepare for their HSC exams and to finish well. I also spoke to all of the staff and students in the hall and reminded them that although we can not sit the HSC exams for them, in a community we all have a role to play. We could encourage the Year 12 students to spur them on, but we could also pray for them. So that is what we did. All of Middle School and Senior College staff and students surrounded the Year 12 students and prayed for good health, effective study, a keen focus on the task ahead of them, and ultimately to finish well. It was so pleasing to see our community in action with every joint supplying.
Another example of how we all have a role or responsibility in our wider community is to keep our eyes and ears open and act if we think someone might not be doing ok. Thursday the 12th September is “R U OK Day?” It is a national day of action to remind us that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”
With mental illness, depression, anxiety and stress all on the rise in our society everyone of us has a role to play in order to keep our community healthy and growing. Let me encourage you, that if you have got that niggling feeling that someone you know or care about isn’t behaving as they normally would, is out of sorts, withdrawn or agitated, trust that gut instinct and act on it. If you are not sure how you can, watch this video or follow the steps below.
Cedars is a wonderful community to be a part of. Let’s each play a role in taking care of each other.