Thursday, September 8, 2011

Paper Cuts

Last week I was completing some mailings... writing letters, printing labels, buying envelopes & stamps.  The real drudge work, though, is the assembly... folding, stuffing, labeling, stamping and sealing.

As I applied my self to this unpleasant work I thought of the curse, "May you die of a thousand paper cuts."

Wouldn't you rather be killed outright?

I think we all suffer the emotional equivalent of paper cuts everyday.  Paper cuts are insignificant.  They hurt, but not with overwhelming pain.  We can keep on going - and accumulating more paper cuts.  They don't stop us.  They just irritate us.  They sting.  They bleed just a little, if at all.  They catch on the things we handle.  They make us flinch.  They are unpleasant, but not overpowering.

But how many of them can you stand?  There is a point where even paper cuts can drive you over the edge.  Your fingers are a patchwork of bandaids and your papers are dotted with your own blood.  You feel like you can't take it anymore.  You just want to collapse into self-pity and nurse your poor fingers in some safe corner.

Hang in there.
Don't give up.
Don't be discouraged.
Keep up your good work.

(Galatians 6:9–10 NKJV) And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 
God is for us!  And if God is for us, who can stand against us?
(Romans 8:38–39 NKJV) 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come,
39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

1 comment:

Bobbi said...

This is SUCH a good visual reminder for me...I'll be thinking of this every time I get a paper cut! Thanks for the encouragement always!