My wife and I emptied out the bathroom, putting most of the items in our bedroom temporarily. I patched up the dings and sheetrock screw pops. The toilet came out last minute in order to do some repair spackling behind the water closet and make it easier to paint. The room is taped for painting and all that remains is the painting.
Five weeks later, my keen senses have learned that if I walk or stumble close to the foot of the bed I will stub my foot once again on the toilet. It does not belong at the foot of the bed. You will be invited to the party we will have when the toilet returns to the bathroom.
The Bible does not talk about toilets in bedrooms, but it does talk about the disarray that comes when people are not living out of their gifts and passion. The Bible compares it to a part of the body that quits because it feels it is not important.
1 Corinthians 12:14-27
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
27 All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.
Our toilet does not belong at the foot of the bed, but in the room where it can properly function. You and I do not belong on the sidelines not contributing and getting stumbled upon because we are out of place. Each of us has a vital role to perform and play in our world.