Just the rubber band

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Each day looks very different for me. Take a few weeks ago as an example.

I (just) finished 3 assignments and sat an exam for university. That took up most of my week. But I also worked in a fruit stall at my local markets. I helped lead at youth group. I caught up with my church. I worked as a dishy in a restaurant. I went for a few bike rides. I went hiking with one mate, had coffee with another friend, and saw another mate in hospital.

But it’s so easy to forget God in the chaos. With so much going on, I regularly need to be reminded and encouraged of my purpose here on earth. Each day looks vastly different, but I need the same reminder each day to keep me on track.

And I use a rubber band on my wrist as this reminder.

Why?

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Rubber bands hold and contain things. Often I find rubber bands lying at the foot of letterboxes. They are most often used to hold a bunch of letters, pamphlets or magazines together until they reach the destination (letterbox).

Breaking news, I know.

However, the rubber band has almost no value. Heck, a whole bag of these rubber bands only costs a couple of dollars. Once used, they’re discarded onto the ground. Most people walk past or on them without noticing. They’re pretty insignificant.

What makes the band significant is the message it helped deliver.

We as Christians are the rubber band. Like the rubber band, we hold and contain an awesome message to tell the world. We are called to share the awesome message of complete and utter forgiveness, unfailing love and ridiculous joy through Jesus. Eternity and perfect community with him and his people.

But like the rubber band, we aren’t very valuable in ourselves. Sure, you and I are OK at some things. But we aren’t hugely significant in the global context of things. In the history of the world, our lives aren’t exactly bookmarked.

However, we take on tremendous value because of the message we carry.

‘God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them…’ – 1 Corinthians 1:28

So when others point out our flaws and failings, we can confidently agree with them. In fact we can boast in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). The creator of the universe chose us, insignificant and flawed, to contain and proclaim to the world his message of hope. His strength where we are weak – now that’s something to boast about.

All glory to him.

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“I did not come with eloquence or wisdom… I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling” – Paul [1 Corinthians 2:1-3]

Paul understood being a rubber band well. He told everyone he wasn’t a crash-hot speaker. He let everyone know that he didn’t have amazing wisdom. In fact, he told the crowds that he was weak and scared.

Paul realised he wasn’t significant to the message he was giving.

All he really understood was that he had to deliver the message he possessed. Nothing would stop him. He understood the significance of what he contained, and despite knowing all his weaknesses and failings, put pride aside for its delivery. God worked through the flawed, weak, not particularly intelligent man that was Paul – and did amazing things through his life.

What a testimony.

Maybe we should take a leaf out of his booklet. Our identity with Christ and his message of hope is what gives our lives meaning beyond the grave. Nothing else. May we never lose sight of the significance to this message we contain.

I leave one challenge to all the rubber bands reading this:

In humility, stretch yourself

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75 thoughts on “Just the rubber band

  1. ljlhannah June 27, 2016 / 3:06 pm

    That was a very unique post. I like how you likened us to rubber bands. I will continue to stretch myself. Thank you!

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    • Jonathan Camac June 27, 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 That’s awesome to hear. Keep on stretching yourself for the sake of the message made available to us – it’s too good not to share!

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  2. Mike B. June 27, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    This is really an outstanding message and analogy. Your ending did bring to me a smile but it also brought to mind your beginning with all the doing and losing track of God. I guess the key would be to stretch to glorify God in our insignificance.

    Thanks for a very good post!

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    • Jonathan Camac June 27, 2016 / 10:33 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting Mike! Exactly my point – we should stretch ourselves for the sake of the massage we contain and ultimately to God’s glory. Have a good one mate 🙂

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  3. Jeffrey H. King June 27, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    A great, imaginative, original piece! I thoroughly enjoyed it! I’ll be looking forward to reading more here.

    Thanks for coming by to my site!

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    • Jonathan Camac June 27, 2016 / 11:15 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to have a read Jeffrey! Appreciate your kind words. No problems, it’s good to share thoughts and ideas around. Have a good one brother 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac June 28, 2016 / 6:15 am

      Thanks for reading Ben Thomas! Stoked you got something out of the post 🙂 All glory to our awesome God!

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  4. levishedated (Robert C Day) June 28, 2016 / 9:37 am

    Great read, Jonathan and an even more important message. Thanks for sharing this beautiful reminder of God’s love for us, no matter how insignificant we may feel that we are.
    Kind regards – Robert.

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    • Jonathan Camac June 28, 2016 / 9:52 am

      Thanks for reading Robert! How crazy it is that our God who is so significant and awesome would choose to use us. Our identity in him can never be shaken. Bless you mate.

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  5. Kyle Habaradas June 28, 2016 / 9:53 am

    Hi there! Thank you for liking my post! I praise God that He inspired me to check your blog out and that was because He had something for me. Your Rubber band post is awesome! I really like the analogy and the message was simply wonderful. More power to your blog, brother! 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac June 28, 2016 / 3:05 pm

      Cheers mate! Awesome to hear that you were impacted in some way. So humbling yet liberating that we don’t have to be the complete package of a person, the message is already completed for us – our job is just to contain and deliver it. To look for opportunities to stretch ourselves. All glory to our awesome God hey 🙂

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  6. alyssaheitz June 28, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    What a beautiful way to describe our purpose here on earth. It takes a heart full of Jesus to see his beauty in every little thing… even a rubber band. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom.

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    • Jonathan Camac June 28, 2016 / 11:34 pm

      Thanks Alyssa 🙂 Appreciate your words of encouragement. Keep stretching yourself for the race ahead of us – physically and spiritually!

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  7. SkippingStones June 28, 2016 / 11:58 pm

    I really enjoyed your post. I learned and I was challenged! A great read. And, encouraged.

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  8. apauper2 June 29, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    “Just the rubber band”, great article-enjoyed reading! Lee

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  9. thelittlethings01 June 29, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    Wow! Awesome post! Love the rubber band analogy!

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      • The True Light! July 1, 2016 / 4:21 pm

        Happy to have new readers! Thanks for the reply…come on back anytime you can.

        Steve

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  10. joansanusi July 3, 2016 / 6:40 am

    “In humility, stretch yourself”.Hmmm! This so resonate with me! I take it as a message specifically for me on the path am in this moment. Enlarging the place of my tent, as the power of God manifest in and through my life, yet being humble that I am just a vessel for His use! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jonathan Camac July 4, 2016 / 3:44 am

      So cool you’ve been able to link this to your own life. Thanks for reading Joan. Have a good one 🙂

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  11. Potential Doctor July 5, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Amazing post! I was very encouraged by it. Thank you for taking the time to write it and share! God bless you!😊

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  12. snowgood July 11, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    Great post. Just like the “Good Teacher” you’ve told a parable for living using everyday things.

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    • Jonathan Camac July 12, 2016 / 12:25 am

      Jesus understood us well. His teaching through parables was (and still is) super powerful for conveying an idea or point across. All glory to him. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  13. Susan Irene Fox July 17, 2016 / 2:58 pm

    Jonathan, an excellent post. Great reminder that we ordinary people can do extraordinary things when we allow the Spirit of God to fill us and lead us. And a terrific reason to wear a rubber band. 😉

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    • Jonathan Camac July 17, 2016 / 11:45 pm

      What an awesome God that he would use us – just ordinary people. A very good reason to wear a rubber band 😉 Thanks for reading Susan!

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  14. servantofcharity July 18, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Great post! I know he doesn’t use rubberbands in his song, but Jason Gray sings, “God put a million doors in the world for His love to go through, one of those doors is you!!” Open your door and shoot that rubberband, let’s see what His love can do. Thank you for reading about the Servants of Charity. Please stop back often.

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    • Jonathan Camac July 18, 2016 / 11:50 pm

      Thanks for reading! Haven’t heard that song, but definitely has a similar sorta theme to this post 🙂 Will do!

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  15. conversationcat July 19, 2016 / 5:48 am

    Hi Jonathan, I really like the part where you said “He understood the significance of what he contained, and despite knowing all his weaknesses and failings, put pride aside for its delivery.” I definitely need some Paul-attitude.

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    • Jonathan Camac July 20, 2016 / 12:11 am

      I definitely need some more Paul-attitude too! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Keep stretching yourself for God’s glory 🙂

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  16. kriztal34 July 22, 2016 / 1:45 am

    What an awesome post! I have felt a bit blue since I committed myself to the Christian walk because I really did not have anyone I could relate to. Your post has lifted my spirits. It’s just nice to know I’m not the only one out here that thinks about these things

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    • Jonathan Camac July 22, 2016 / 2:37 am

      So cool to hear Kriztal! How awesome it is that we have a God that sympathises and understands our every struggle. Don’t ever think you’re too far gone, too useless for God. In fact – that fits his criteria perfectly! Keep stretching yourself for his glory 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac July 24, 2016 / 6:06 am

      Thanks for reading 🙂 appreciate it! All the best to you too.

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  17. Berni July 28, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I agree that God chooses the rejects of the world and humbles the great and mighty.

    I find this habit of God amusing!

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    • Jonathan Camac July 28, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      I think it’s pretty classic too, haha. Thanks for reading Berni, appreciate your time 🙂

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  18. Gay Nell Olive August 17, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Thanks for the like on my blog. A special praise from me to God. Thank you for this analogy to the rubber band. I can put that in my mind and remember it and how so true it is. God’s love and grace has no limits or boundaries when we let him in our life. So glad I found your wonderful blog.

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    • Jonathan Camac August 17, 2016 / 3:29 pm

      Feel free to chuck a rubber band on your wrist as a constant reminder! Such an awesome message we contain. Thanks heaps for your time. Appreciate your comments 🙂

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  19. Islandsundays August 24, 2016 / 4:06 pm

    I think saying that ‘we aren’t very valuable in ourselves’ is not true. I think we are of infinite value to God our Father. He loves each one of us specifically and fiercely for who we are as I love each of my children intrinsically and for themselves. We do not have value only for the message we carry.

    Even so, I get what you are saying in this post, and it is an inspiring point.

    All blessings to you as you minister in this space!

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    • Jonathan Camac August 25, 2016 / 12:58 am

      Totally agree with you – my bad for a lack of eloquence in explaining that. What I really mean is that we so often build up our own sense of self on things that are not God centred. That’s where we become not very valuable. I totally agree – we are of huge value because of the image we were made in. But we shouldn’t kid ourselves in thinking we are better than we really are (in skills, characteristics, etc). Everything we hold valuable should take root from our identity in God – not from ourselves 🙂 Thanks heaps for commenting and spending the time to read this! Have an awesome day 🙂

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      • Islandsundays August 26, 2016 / 1:12 pm

        Yes, awesome!
        I really appreciate the gracious reasoned response.

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  20. sja316 October 18, 2016 / 5:54 am

    The rubber band is very interesting. I once heard a sermon where ‘twanging’ a rubber band on ones wrist when a sinful thought came from within made you more aware of your weaknesses. Good post.

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    • Jonathan Camac October 18, 2016 / 11:14 am

      I have heard of that before – it’s a form of psychological behaviour management. My use of the rubber band in this analogy is very different though. My analogy of the rubber band doesn’t act as the correction of sin, but rather acknowledges we are beset with and full of sin. That we know our greatest failures, but know through Jesus, we are forgiven and available for his use 🙂 Appreciate your time and engagement with the post!

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  21. vibrantinthespirit October 24, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Can’t stop reading your posts. I love your outlook on things and the encouragement this brings to those feeling insignificant. I definitely needed this! Currently emailing it to just about everyone I know haha. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

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    • Jonathan Camac October 24, 2016 / 10:01 pm

      Appreciate your kind words vibrant 🙂 haha that’s awesome! Hopefully they can find some encouragement in it too. All glory to our awesome God. Thanks for your time 🙂

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  22. hbaldovino October 25, 2016 / 12:40 am

    Just stumbled upon your blog. Glad I did. I love this rubber band analogy!

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    • Jonathan Camac October 25, 2016 / 1:41 am

      Thanks mate! It has definitely helped me through some times where I have felt totally inadequate. Thanks for your time 🙂

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  23. prodigalragamuffin November 1, 2016 / 6:05 pm

    Rarely am I SO captivated by an analogy. I love clever word pictures. This one nailed it for me. The dual usefulness of using a rubber band to remind me I am a rubber band… brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing it.

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    • Jonathan Camac November 1, 2016 / 8:29 pm

      Pumped to hear it man! I find it works as an awesome reminder to myself in my dat to day. Feel free to chuck a rubber band onto your wrist 🙂 thanks for your time here prodigal ragamuffin!

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  24. Shaun Jex November 26, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    I enjoyed this quite a bit. My only thought is this. While, as you mentioned, we may not be historically significant I do believe that we are all of infinite worth to God. There’s a tension we live in, recognizing our brokenness and our need for grace, our helpless we are on our own but still remembering that we are so valuable that God became flesh and died for us. The one reminder reminds us to remain humble and to recognize our dependence, the other reminds us not to despair. If you haven’t seen it, you might enjoy my post “The God Who Notices”.

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    • Jonathan Camac November 26, 2016 / 10:38 pm

      Totally agree with you man! And my bad for a lack of eloquence in explaining that. What I really mean is that we so often build up our own sense of self on things that are not God centred. I totally agree that we are of huge value because of the image we were made in. And everything we hold valuable should take root from our identity in God – not from ourselves 🙂 You are spot on when you say we are to remain humble without despairing – Christ alone gives us hope! I will go read your blog now. Appreciate your comment and interaction with this blog again Shaun 🙂

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  25. cottagegirlpatty January 3, 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Great message!! I too have a whole bag of rubber bands that I only cost me a couple of bucks that I will look at differently now!

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    • Jonathan Camac January 4, 2017 / 1:04 am

      Might be time to chuck one on your wrist! Glad you got something out of this post 🙂 thanks for your time.

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