Welcome to our all new #TBT (Throw Back Thursdays). Today we are going way back to September 15th 1951; the day episode one of season two of I Love Lucy first aired. Though I was born in the ’80s, I grew up with this episode. My grandparents had it on tape. I had no clue what “bouncing a check” meant, but I connected and laughed along with them to one of Lucy’s most famous moments.
Ricky: Brother, if they had to make the dollar they would think twice before spending it that fast.
Lucy: What’s so tough about earning a living?
Ricky: Have you ever done it?
Lucy: No, but I could.
Ethel: I could, too.
Ricky: (chortling) Listen, holding down a job is a lot more difficult than lying around the house all day long.
Lucy: Lying around the? Lying around the? Is that all you think we do?
Fred: Well, now, let’s be fair, Rick. Every once in a while, they get up and play canasta.
Lucy: Who do you think does the housework?
Ethel: And who do you think cooks all the meals?
Ricky: Oh, anybody can cook and do the housework.
Lucy: Ha! I’d just like to see you two try it for a week.
Ricky: Okay, we will.
And so the couples switch jobs. The boys stay home and tackle the housework; and the girls go to the employment agency. The problem: there are no job openings they qualify for. Lucy, in her typical fashion, fibs and tells the employment placer that they can make candy. Well, if you’ve seen the episode you remember how well that went…
And the boys don’t do any better with the housework…
In the end, they decide to switch back, admitting they each have a hard job. The difference? Lucy and Ethel are gifted at what they do at home; and Ricky and Fred are gifted at what they do in the workplace. When the pairs work together doing what they each do best, things go smoothly (mostly). But when they try to play each other’s parts, everything goes to shambles… which reminds me of what Paul writes to the Corinthians about us all having different gifts and using the gifts we have to work together so that we can function as a whole….
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge…. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body….
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. ~ 1 Corinthians 12 NLT
We all have a part to play in our relationships and within God’s Church (his followers). Some of us sing on a stage, others build the stage, and still others clean the stage. We are all needed. We are all important. When we play the roll we are gifted to play, beautiful things happen.
Be who God made you to be, and let others be who God made them to be.
**Transcript from: www.springfieldspringfield.co.uk