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Speak Life Together with Blessings Over Others: I Am Rubber You Are Glue When We Speak Blessings They Stick to You Too
Voice Version: I'm Rubber You're Gluen (Steffsings)
Although the old school yard chant “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” has been proven to be a false on many ocassions, a lesser known children's rhyme is much closer to the truth…“I’m rubber you're glue, whatever you say bounces off me and sticks to you!”
Resilience is a wonderful gift that we can give to those we love. It can actually be taught and encouraged in others. What is resilience? Encarta describes it as “the ability to recover quickly from setbacks, and also “the ability of matter to spring back quickly into shape after being bent, stretched, or deformed”.
Challenges somehow make it passed our ‘blessings only’ filter. We have wonderfully planned hopes and dreams, we stand on the greatest of promises, but still a few set back’s in life make it through to reach us where we live. A business venture or new job doesn’t go as well as expected, a marriage fails, an illness creeps in, we are faced with picking up a child from the local police station, the list goes on, and so do we.
It may seem simplistic to suggest that the best position is to maintain your pliability and flexibility. Bend, stretch, but like a strong tree in a storm, be ready for the bounce back. We are planted singly, each experiencing things privately, each with his own roots buried deep beneath the earth holding tight in the storm, but we are not alone.
He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, He brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. (2 Corinthians 1:4 the Message Version)
We stand together like a mighty forest at the water’s edge; the River of Life flowing through our roots.
We can and shall bounce back. It may be tomorrow, it may be next year, but expect it to come. The childhood rhyme then takes on a new meaning as we say: “I’m rubber, you’re glue, when you encourage me, it will encourage you too”; each of us lending strength and encouraging resilience in the other.
In the midst of our challenges, wait for it… the bounce back is coming.
They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers - Never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. (Jeremiah 17:8, the Message Version)