How many times have you gotten it stuck on your fingers? You want it to stick, but not to your skin. Made to fix just about anything, Krazy Glue will hold anything together. No one doubts its capabilities to work when needed, and they are just afraid of it enough, to respect its effectiveness. It comes with many warnings of misuse, but for the most part it works.
This week I have thought about glue. I have thought about “being the glue” that sometimes holds things together. There is always that one person, that seems to hold everything and everyone together. It is reliable, and strong and sometimes holds on like a bulldog regardless of the situation swirling around them.
Most of us have this quality, especially if we are the peacemakers in our circles. We always find a way to fix things, regardless of the energy it takes to do so. It drives us to make things better, to make sense of the chaos and disappointments that sometimes attempt to break us. Mostly, being the glue, encourages us to engage, to find solutions to tough situations, and hold together our most prized posessions…the people we love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
I felt it was important to add the “love” verse here. Being the glue is always for a better outcome. It is never…ever…. to be the force that hardens a situation for your own benefit. The quest to be “right” and everyone else wrong, just so you can boast your “I told you so’s.” Yes, you have to sometimes may have to be more like “Krazy Glue” – stubborn and durable enough to hang in there to see the end result.
Don’t be misunderstood about the word “Crazy/Krazy” There lurks a different kind…. one that is fierce and harsh and “in your face” crazy. It’s the kind used by my highest of pet peeves.. Mean People. Personal agendas that serve only themselves. Eventually, this type of glue hardens and cracks, leaving an even worse issue of brokeness, a weight akin to cement…holding that person in their own weighted sorrows.
Be the glue…..holding together in love what is close to your heart. It may be your spouse, your children, or your family as a whole. Don’t grow weary in well-doing, attempting to bind together the good things that are worth it.
And…. if you are not the person in your circle that serves as glue? it’s okay. Not all of us are meant to be the glue. However, I do hope that you appreciate them for what they do hold together – It’s a tough job! And when they seem to be having a little Krazy glue moment? Let them. No one person can be strong 24/7, and that’s okay too.
Breathe. Be the Glue when you have to. The most beautiful Mosaics were taken from things that were broken, crushed and discarded…. but what an amazing piece of art that is left for us all to enjoy… only because someone was willing to Be the glue.