Let me give you some background on one of my favorite shows, Doctor Who. It’s a super nerdy, British Sci-Fi series on which an time-lord from the planet Gallifrey travels through time and space in a blue police box called the TARDIS (Time At Relative Dimension In Space). Time lords do this cool thing called regenerating, wherein if they start to die, their body prevents them from doing so by recreating every cell, essentially making them a different person. In the television world, that just means that a new actor comes in to play the Doctor when he “dies”. It’s genius writing on the creator’s part. This show can go on for ages, considering it’s been on for fifty years already. But that’s not the point. Because the Doctor can regenerate, he is nine-hundred something years old now. In that time, he’s saved a lot of people and planets and he’s seen a lot of people and planets die. He’s also ruined a fair amount of Christmases in London.
In one of my favorite episodes, when the Doctor meets the only man who can save his companions and those aboard a crashing space liner, he finds that he is a Scrooge-like character with one soft spot – the girl he loves whom he can’t be with. When the Doctor discovers this, he asks the bitter old man who she is. Not wanting to spoil his tiniest hope of ever being with her, he says she’s nobody important. The Doctor rebukes that with this gem:
That means a lot, considering the things he’s seen and done. And you know what? It’s true. And not just in BBC science fiction land where a 900 year old alien looks like a 30 year old man. It’s true for us naturally aging humans, too.
We all serve a purpose in the world. We all play a part in God’s plan.
For the body does not consist of one member, but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body, ” that would not make it any less apart of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
Just because you don’t have the talent of public speaking and you can’t be a pastor doesn’t mean you don’t have a job to glorify God. Maybe you’re an excellent cook who can help feed the poor. If every Christian just had the talent of evangelism, people would go hungry. That’s a bit of a dramatization, but I think you get the point. Albert Einstein once said, “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life thinking that it is stupid.” If you feel like you have nothing to give, maybe you just haven’t found your gift yet. Keep trying. It’s there. Everyone serves a purpose.