Monthly Archives: July 2014

“Little things”

The following poem or nursery rhyme came to my mind.  It is not mine, not original, and as far as I can find, it’s origin is unsure.

For want of a nail – rhyme

For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

For want of a nail – rhyme


From what I understand the purpose was intended to teach the reader the importance of the consequences of our actions.  I want to use the poem, which from what I gather was used in some form by Ben Franklin, in his “Poor Richard’s Almanac” to stress the importance of “little things.”  We sometimes get this idea that only the “big things” in life matter.  God specializes in using the “little things.”  A young boy’s lunch,  a young “ruddy” shepherd boy, a little child sitting on His knee to use as an object lesson.  Behind every great vessel, are many vital, little parts.  They say the Titanic was lost not simply from hitting an ice berg, but from the builders using rivets made of inferior quality materials.  A ship once thought of as unsinkable, lost due to tiny rivets (in comparison to the size of the ship).  We may be small or inconsequential in the world’s eyes or even in our own eyes, but in the hands of the Master, we may accomplish great feats for His honor and glory.  We can do all things, through Christ (Phil. 4:13, paraphrased).  God is not so much interested in ability, as in our availability.


This is the first in what I hope may be many “blogs.”  My purpose in doing this is just to share what is going on in my life, or my experiences with the Lord.  I want to thank Bro. Pierre Covert for his never-ending assistance with our church website.  I also want to thank my daughter Amanda, who, at this moment is by her Dad’s side “guiding” me through this new experience.  Obviously this is by trial and error and so patience indeed has been a virtue for the both of us.  I’m sure things will get better and easier as we go along.