Saturday, May 3, 2008


“A new church was built in the small town. People came from far and wide to see it. Everyone 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. The moral of the story--every little part even how insignificant is important.

Every person needs to become significant. Majority of people if not all feels this way. Why? I believe it is because we are social beings created to be with someone. Even God himself noticed this need when he observed Adam, the first man created as recorded in Genesis 2:18-20, The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found.”(NIV) Although Adam was busy doing the task assigned to him but there was something missing that God eventually saw.

In view of this, God took action and the following events occurred as recorded in Genesis 2:21-24, “So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he (God) brought her to the man. The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman,' for she was taken out of man." For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. (NIV) This was the first recorded wedding ceremony held in the Garden of Eden officiated by God himself! In this regard, Adam became complete by having a helpmeet.

There are many other ways that provides significance to any person. In reality, there is an abundance of things to have like riches, beauty, education and such like except they cannot and will not satisfy the need for significance. They add significance but only on the surface level. The question that really matters is this: What would make your life significant to your existence here and in eternity?

You may, like the nail, feel obscure at times. But just like the nail, your absence is felt by all that depends on your contribution and part. Never underestimate what you are doing now. Never measure yourself with what others around you are doing. Just continue to make sure that you will fulfill your destiny as God has given you to do. If you come to observe how things are moving around, you’ll be surprised to know that if one misses their part, everything else suffers.

Recently, I have watched the movie “Bee Movie.” And one of the main aspects of this movie is when one bee sued the human race over the use and abuse of bees and their honey. In other words, the bee hero won but not without a price. The balance of nature was totally affected and a disaster loomed. Upon seeing the effect, the bees found their significance and the disaster were averted. It was a huge lesson learned about being significant!

Now, are you convinced that you have a major role to play in this generation and the next? Discover it in Jesus because when he did his part, humanity experienced redemption and genuine salvation through the cross. C’mon, stop sulking and begin to seize your destiny and significance today.

Let’s talk again!