The Nail

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
April 24, 2002

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!

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  1. This is a very lovely insight. Just when one thinks he’s utterly insignificant…


  2. We all have a role. I think we are just trying to increase our impact with what we are doing. Thanks for the story.


  3. Insignificant indeed… 🙂 What a lesson! This is so true on several sides. We may not see ourselves as significant but many times when we are not “there,” we are missed in some way… Worse is that someone will miss OUT on what we do. We are all significant! Thank you for this! Take care and be blessed! 😀


  4. Good post. A nail or even a “fifth sparrow” isn’t insignificant in the eyes of God.


  5. mkesling63 said:

    A new dressing for the same what? I see a lot of the same whats myself regardless what the surface looks like of the house.


  6. Every part of the body, even when it’s invisible, has its purpose and is necessary. Can’t get much more biblical than that!


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