I recently discovered that I had an ingrown fingernail. Being a male, I didn’t follow the recommended steps involving soaking my finger in warm salt water for 20 minutes, gently clipping the nail, applying antibacterial cream for 4 days, and running dental floss under the edge of the nail to keep it from growing back into the skin. Instead, I just clipped the nail and yanked the embedded part out.
Naturally, it hurt like heck and began to bleed. It didn’t bleed enough to cause me to reach for my styptic pencil. So I just put an adhesive bandage on it and went on with my day. My finger throbbed every time I bumped into something, but I could still type. The next day I removed the bandage and washed off the dried blood.
During the next week, I observed the changes taking place on my finger. It was swollen and red for a few days. It gradually became less tender. The swelling and redness decreased. The pain went away. Eventually everything got back to normal, and I filed the edge of the nail to get rid of any sharp edges and to round off the corner.
What amazed me was the way every cell in that part of my finger knew exactly what to do and did it. In an amazing display of teamwork, those little cells repaired the damage I’d caused quickly and without much complaint. They coagulated the blood, protected the wound area, repaired the ragged tear, and grown new skin, all the course of one week. They just automatically did what they were created to do.
My guess is that we humans could solve problems in a similar way if we focused more on doing what we were created to do. Free will sometimes makes it difficult to discern our purpose; and we often ignore our intuitive thoughts. Still, when we recognize our gifts and use them in conjunction with the gifts of others, we come close to emulating the miraculous teamwork of the cells in our bodies. It’s a shame we don’t do it more often. What is your purpose in life?
Have you recognized your gifts?
Are you willing to use your gifts with others in a team effort?
How could you do that today?