One day, all body-parts were invited into a discussion as to who’s the greatest body-parts of all.
“I am the greatest. Without me, noone can’t see anything.” Both eyes said.
“I am the greatest. Without me, you will starve to death?” Mouth said.
“But without me, food wouldn’t taste like anything.”, Tongue bragged.
“The man will die if I don’t exchange the oxygen and carbon dioxide into the blood stream.”, Lungs bragged.
“But without, all the dirt will go straight to the Lungs!“Nose bragged.
“But without me, who’s going to pick those boogers that’s stuck in you, Nose!”, Index Finger mocked.
“I say I am the greatest. Without us, you would not able to hear anything.” Both ears bragged.
“But without me, who’s going to pick the wax inside the ears.” Pinkie said.
A loud “Ahem” projected across the room. Everyone silenced.
“Enough said! I am the mastermind and command center behind everyone. I doubt there will be any objection that I am truly the greatest!”, Brain said as he gazed around the room looking for any objection. Everyone was silenced.
Heart walked into the room arrogantly and said, “Sorry everyone for being late.”. Everyone looked over to Heart as he slowly walked up to Brain and settled in front of him.
“But without me pumping blood into you, Brain, you will be nothing but ‘brain dead’”, Heart mocked.
The argument continued for hours until Butt clumsily showed up.
“Hey you guys, how come no one invited me to this party?”, Butt asked innocently as he walked into the room huffing and puffing.
All the body parts stared down at Butt. All broke out laughing.
“Hey Butt’dy! Potty training convention is next door!” a body part mocked.
“Ha ha! Real funny!”, Butt laughed along.
“The toilet paper tried to cross the road but couldn’t because he was stuck in a crack!“, another body part mocked. Butt pulled up his loose pants to cover his crack.
“What did one butt cheek says to another? Between you and me, it stinks in here.” Another mocked. Butt was so embarrassed that his cheeks turned red. But Butt didn’t let the mocking get to him. He held his “butt” head high and said, “Laugh all you want. I am going to stop working for a week and you will know who truly is important.”
“Just one week? Take the whole year off, Butt’dy!” All body parts mocked. Indeed, Butt took a week off, shutting down all its bodily functions.
The first day, nobody missed Butt. Neither did the second day. However the body started experiencing irregularities after the second day. Stomach was bloated because all the gases buildup. Bladder had to urinate every 15 minutes because of the bloated intestine. Heart pumped 5x as hard. Mouth refused to eat and Tongue was in no mood in tasting anything. All the body parts were sending distress signal to the Brain. Brian turned into depression.
“I truly missed Butt!”, Stomach said sluggishly.
“I can’t wait for Butt to be back.”, Heart shouted as he pumped 120 beats per second.
“Body parts! There’s no way we could live without one another. Everyone is great in his or her own unique kind of way.”, Brain shouted.
“Amen! Brain! That’s the wisest thing I’ve ever heard you said.”, Ears said.
The day Butt returned back to work, everyone greeted him with a standing ovation.
“Welcome back Butt!”, everyone shouted, hi-fifing Butt as he returned back to work.
With his butt cheeks held high, Butt shouted with enthusiasm, “Glad to be back! Let’s get to work everyone!””.
Butt immediately sat himself on the toilet and began to work.
Lips was so happy to see Butt that she bent down and gave Butt the biggest kiss and shouted sincerely, “Welcome back Honey Bun!”
“Awe! Thanks Lips. That’s so kind of the Butt kissing…especially while I’m working.”, Butt said.
“No disrespect to you Butt”, Nose said holding his breathe and quickly turned to Lips, “Yo Lips! Get back up there! It smells awful down here. You know what I’m saying.”
And ever since that day, all body parts stopped bragging about themselves. They appreciate and treat each other with honor and respect.
This parable is derived from a secular version of a joke titled “Who’s the boss now?” After tweaking it, I found it fitting to be applied for 1 Corinthians 12 says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ…But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.”