Monday, October 11, 2010

Are You a Paperclip?

When was the last time you actually thought about what a paperclip really does? Think about it, it performs a very important function. It holds several independant pieces of paper together. Why is this important? I know it's stating the obvious, but each individual piece of paper holds a key piece of the entire story, whether the story is a work document, a manuscript, or a sales contract. Either way, if one sheet of paper goes missing, we're in big trouble.

The congregation you attend (or should be attending) is like the manuscript, and all the individual members together make up the whole story. But we still need members who are willing to step up and say, "I can be a paperclip."

But be warned, the job of a paperclip is not an easy one. It becomes your responsibility to try to keep the peace among the sheets of paper. It's your responsibility to keep papers from flying away in the winds that come along. To be certain, this job is not for the intolerant or weak.

A paperclip must not pass judgment, it's not their job to decide which sheet of paper has the best personaility, therefore allowed to stay in the story. Their personality may just be what the story needed. My point is not that we should be tolerant of any and all that walk through the door, but rather that we shouldn't create divisions where the scripture doesn't. That's not the job of a paperclip.

So the question stands? Are you a paperclip? If not, can you be? Are you willing?

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