There are many parts, but one body. (1 Cor. 12:20)

Patrick Ivison was only fourteen months old when he was run over by a car while walking with his mom. The accident injured the boy’s spine, which left him paralyzed from the waist down. Because of his mom’s enthusiastic support, Patrick learned to kayak, ski, hand-cycle, and even surf (using adaptive equipment). His goal was to be able to walk across the stage at his high school graduation to accept his diploma. With a customized walker and service dog beside him, Patrick accomplished his goal—to the cheers of his classmates.

Paul emphasized the importance of every part of the body. While some parts of the body may be held in higher esteem, every member has its function for healthy living. Patrick knows all too well the importance of the fully functioning parts of his body to his legs, which are paralyzed. In addition, he has his mom constantly cheering him on to set the challenge bar a little higher for himself.

Consider the role that you play in the body of Christ. Does that role tend to put you in the spotlight, or keep you behind the scenes? When you find that “sacred intersection” where your gifts can serve people in ways that are meaningful to them, you will have found the purpose for which you were created.

Use your spiritual gifts to build up someone this week.

Doug Schmidt is a freelance writer and editor; he is also the small-groups director at his church.