Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Discipleship and Scotch Tape

More on stuff from Walmart.

Almost every household stashes a spool of Scotch Tape at home. Invented in 1930's by the 3M Company, this utilitarian adhesive tape has become indispensable. From gift-wrapping to school projects, sealing envelopes to attaching notes (this was before Post Its), binding things together to restoring torn paper – the applications are endless.

The secret of the Scotch Tape is two fold: First, it uses a transparent cellophane material and secondly a specially blended adhesive is applied to the cellophane to give it its adhesion.

It is from these two characteristics where we can learn discipleship relationship principles from Scotch Tape.

Relationships need transparency in order to last. I have dealt with the same point on transparency in an earlier post: Discipleship and Listerine, which is why I will focus on adhesion on this one.

One reason why discipleship relationships don’t last is because people have not learned the value and importance of sticking together no matter what adversities, differences, offenses, situations and setbacks occur.

The reality is relationships will have its challenges whether it is an existing one or a new one. This includes our relationship with God which will always be tested. By sticking with our relationships we overcome a present adversity and can move on the next level of relating with one another.

Like Scotch Tape we have been designed to stick with God and one another. You will notice that every time you remove a piece of tape it loses some of its ability to stick. This is true of our relationships.

So the next time you are tempted to peel off from God or a godly relationship think again, you just might be losing a good relationship and some of your ability to stick in the future.

A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24

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joanne said...

im blessed with your analogies pastor joey!

joanne said...

im blessed with your analogies :)