Paper Cuts & People Cuts

Have you ever gotten a paper cut? If you have ever handled paper, you probably have. Paper cuts happen when we least expect them. They are hazards of handling paper. They really aren’t accidents, and they aren’t always preventable. They are simply something that occasionally happens to people who handle paper.

Paper cuts hurt. A lot.

They burn like the dickens. And just when you think it has stopped.

BAM! Paper cut has been awakened by some lemon juice, cleaner, etc. and burns again!

Why do paper cuts hurt so much? Well, I decided to see what I could find. They are usually on your fingertips where there are more nerve fibers, paper is dull rather than sharp so it does a lot of damage to the skin, it is a shallow wound which means it triggers pain more often, and it will be open to irritants. (http://www.todayifoundout.com/index.php/2010/12/why-paper-cuts-hurt-so-much/)

A seemingly inconsequential cut can cause quite a bit of pain and opens the body up to be further irritated.

I know you all are wondering if I have a paper cut. No, I don’t. I have a people cut, and it’s reminding me a lot of a paper cut.

What’s a “people cut”, you ask?

Well, a people cut is a wound caused by a comment someone makes in passing that is probably not meant to offend or irritate, but unfortunately rubs the receiver the wrong way, causes the receiver pain, and opens the receiver up to more irritants.

People cuts hurt bad and are often ignored as they aren’t “big” problems that need to be dealt with.

I’m trying to think of a good example to use here, but every time I come up with something I think, “No, that could hurt someone’s feelings.” So, I’m going to use something crazy here.

Peter is a graffiti artist for Jesus. He paints religious art work on buildings and train cars. After he finishes his latest work of art, Mary compliments him and tells him how many people will be blessed by the work he has done.

Herod, however, walks past, looks, and says, “Peter, did you see Thomas Kincade’s last piece of artwork? It was truly amazing. God gave that man an amazing gift.”

The fact is, Herod may not have intended to hurt Peter, but his ill-timed comment seems to imply that God gave Thomas Kincade talent and that Peter is not talented. I obviously choose two very different styles of artwork to compare, too, but isn’t that what we as humans do much too often?

Instead of valuing things for what they are, we assign them a value based on what we want them to be. If we don’t appreciate graffiti, we may try to force Peter to paint pastoral paintings ignoring his individuality and God given gifts, talents, and personality.

Notice two words above. God. Given.

We do have free will. We can choose to be whomever we want to be, but we also have to recognize that God has created each of us differently! And PRAISE GOD for those differences!!!!!

God did not create a bunch of clones. We do not have the same thoughts, feelings, ideas, dreams, desires, callings, gifts, talents, abilities, personalities, or anything else.

God made me different.

He made me.

He made me just the way I am.

He made me just the way I am on purpose.

He made me just the way I am on purpose for His purpose.

Guess what? He made you different on purpose too!!!

There’s a saying that says something about not being able to fit a square peg in a round hole. I disagree with that saying. I believe if we try to force a square peg into a round hole long enough, that eventually it will go. I do not believe the square peg will ever be the same again. I believe it will be modified…whittled down to something less than it was intended to be.

You know, I used to be afraid of being different. Being “square” when everyone else was “round”. But I’ve come to a place in my life where I realize that I am who God created, and He made me different on purpose. If I desire to change, it should only be under His hand not because someone else is trying to force me into a hole I wasn’t made for.

 

1 Corinthians 12 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that[a] you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.

4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[b] Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.



Unity and Diversity in One Body

12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[c] one Spirit. 14 For in fact the body is not one member but many.

15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be?

20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.

27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually. 28 And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the best[d] gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Corinthians+12&version=NKJV

 

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