The Little Nail
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 released its hold, slid down the roof, and fell in the mud.
That night it rained and rained, and the wind blew hard! 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 was badly damaged 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 by eaten up by rust!
So we should always remember that every human being is important. Like the nail, you may feel obscure at times, but just like the nail, your absence is felt. When you are not present in other's lives, in some way they hurt.