One of the blogs I follow, Morning Story and Dilbert, posted this story today and it really touched something in me, so I copied the story here and wrote my thoughts on it at the end. I hope you like it.
As the story goes, they built a new church building and people came from far and wide to see it. They admired its beauty! Up on the roof, a little nail heard the people praising everything about the lovely structure-except the nail! No one even knew he was there, and he became angry and jealous.
“If I am that insignificant, nobody will miss me if I quit!” So the nail then released its hold, slid down the roof, and fell in the mud.
That night it rained and rained. Soon, the shingle that had no nail blew away, and the roof began to leak. The water streaked the walls and the beautiful murals. The plaster began to fall, the carpet was stained, and the pulpit Bible was ruined by water. All this because a little nail decided to quit!
But what of the nail? While holding the shingle, it was obscure but it was also useful. Buried in the mud it was just as obscure, but now it was useless and would soon be eaten up by rust!
How true this story is. Most of us don’t know our own worth. We are never recognized for any great accomplishments or scientific discoveries, we just plod along through life doing what we do. Many of us are always looking for that praise from others just like the little nail was, but it never comes. We need to realize that that is okay. It’s like searching for the meaning of life, you’ll never find it and it’s different for everyone. God has a plan for each and every one of us and only He knows it. It’s is our job to search out God and be the best person we can be in our circumstances, ask God for advice, follow where He leads, do what He asks. He will never lead us wrong. We can fool ourselves and end up in a wrong place though. When this happens we just need to ask God to guide us back to wherever it is that He wants us to be. Maybe if that little nail could pray it would ask God to make it useful again. Maybe a kid would walk by and see it and pick it up and stick it in his pocket. Maybe a week later that same kid would find the nail in his pocket and be inspired to build a dog house or a fort. And maybe, just maybe, that kid would grow up to build great skyscrapers…or homes for poor people. God always has a use for us even if we lose our way or never know what it is. Whether large or small, each and every one of us has a critical role in how the world works. So we should all just keep plodding along doing what we do and talking to God all along the way so that He can keep us on His path for us, or bring us back to it should we get lost.
- The Nail (morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com)