For Christians we are never Christ alone. To be the body of Christ in and for the world we must be that body together. This means that we must join together to work in the world with people who have gifts that are not our own. Today, think of one sister or brother whose gifts you have noticed and appreciate. It could be someone who is just discovering his or her gifts and needs encouragement or it could be a master of discipleship who you’ve learned from. Whoever it is, write them a note of appreciation. We need each other–we cannot be Christ’s followers otherwise.
Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.