Today’s Challenges: The paper clip


By Russ Lawson



Paper clips are amazing. They can be put to use in hundreds of ways other than holding paper. BDT (Before Duct Tape) I even used them in an emergency to hold together a ripped pant leg. Today we used them to hang banners. Here is a short list of some of the things for which you can use paper clips:

• hem holder

• cigar filter un-stopper

• spray bottle un-clogger

• eye glass repair

• hair barrette

• zipper tab

• clean fingernails

• Christmas ornament holder

• unclog Elmer’s glue bottle

• calendar holder

• belt holder

• emergency cotter pin

• emergency diaper pin (boy! do I date myself there!)

• strawberry huller

• cherry pit remover

• hymn marker (for organists)

You get the idea I’m sure. They are useful and versatile.

Jesus is much like a paper clip for our lives. He helps hold things together in our lives, he sticks together the rips and tears that the world leaves in our lives. He gives us purpose and life.

Paul writes to the Colossian church in Colossians 1:12-18 “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.”

Christ may be our paper clip, but He is so much more! He holds our lives together when the world wants to tear them apart.

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By Russ Lawson

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at rlawson@wclo.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

Russ Lawson is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with his column Today’s Challenges. He is the Director of World Christian Literature Outreach and can be reached at rlawson@wclo.net. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.