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.