A Printer’s Roller

Posted by Emma on February 11, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Filed under:Analogies

Yesterday morning our printer was having problems. The paper was jamming in one particular area. When I investigated the cause of the jam, I discovered one small roller that was out of place. Somehow it had gotten bumped in a position that was higher up and slightly out of whack. That one roller was causing the whole printer to fail. I was able to unscrew a few things and put that roller back into it’s proper place and everything worked again. It was remarkable all the problems that one roller caused and the time it took to put it back in place.

This got me thinking about how important each one of us is to the body of Christ and the teams we work with. If one person has some problems and is “out of their place” it can cause the whole team or body of believers to fail. Each of us is important to the functioning of the whole. That is sobering to think about. If I make one mistake, do one sin, it can cause everyone I’m working with to fail. The story of Achan in Joshua 7 is a good illustration of this principle. Achan sinned. Israel was defeated. The whole was affected. Do you want to be the cause of all those you are working with to fail? I don’t. I have a responsibility to make sure my life, attitude and actions are in line with scripture so that I will be doing my job, in my place, and not causing trouble. We sometimes do not see how far the results of our actions go. The ripples of a rock tossed in to a pond spread a long way. A little roller out of place causes all the print jobs to fail.

Not only did all the print jobs fail because of that roller, but it took time to fix it. It delayed the productivity of the printer and of me. When one member of a team or the body of Christ is out of line it costs everyone time. Sadly, most of us need our sin revealed to us before we start thinking of repenting, then it takes us time to repent and right that wrong. This time adds up and that much time of working for the Master is lost. This is also displayed in the story of Achan. Israel was delayed several days in conquering the promise land. I do not want to be the cause of delay in getting the work of G-d done. I do not want everyone to lose productivity because of me.

Not one of us, individually, can make sure that everyone in the body of Christ or our teams stay in line and are living the way they should be. But each of us can make sure we are living as we should be, keeping our lives free of sin. As individuals we can repent of our sin and strive to keep the whole moving forward. If every individual lived a pure life, there would never be a problem to fix. Sadly this doesn’t always happen. Sometimes people do sin. When they do, it may be our place to show them that sin, but be careful when doing so. Make sure it is your place and that you do not have that sin in your life. Keep the Master’s words in mind, “And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5) Take care of your sin before helping others. Make sure you are not out of place.


Strive to be a printer roller in it’s proper position so that all will succeed and be productive !

3 Responses to “A Printer’s Roller”

  1. Dirnov Says:

    Interesting, I`ll quote it on my site later.


  2. AnnaHopn Says:

    Hi there,
    Not sure that this is true:), but thanks for a post.

    Have a nice day

  3. Bodyc Says:

    Thanks for article. Everytime like to read you.