The ONE THING for today

Drive a nail…

  • Ecclesiastes 12:11 (TLB) The wise man’s words are like goads that spur to action. They nail down important truths. Students are wise who master what their teachers tell them.

There is an old proverb that says: “A guest sticks a nail in the wall even if he stays but one night.” imagesCA9W4I0P

You be the nail-leaver.  There is no doubt about it, the people who you allow into your life leave a permanent imprint on your life; but I want to remind you that you also leave a permanent imprint in the lives of those who allow you in their lives.

Years ago—28 years to be exact, I walked into my new office at the Simpsonville Church of God and there on my desk was the business card of my new District Overseer—a nail in the wall.  I was shocked.  I had never had a District Overseer to act like he cared and to have my new D.O. make the effort to come by my office to welcome me was something that left a permanent imprint in my life.

I’ll never forget—over 20 years ago receiving for the first time a personalized hand-written letter from my State Overseer congratulating me on an accomplishment—a nail in the wall.  That was the first time, to my knowledge, that a State Overseer had ever personally contacted me.

Both of those examples—remembered to this day are reminders that it doesn’t take something major to impact people’s lives but it does taking caring.

If you will dare to care enough to drive in a nail of thoughtfulness into the lives of the people you come in contact with you never know the permanent impact it will have on their lives.

This world is filled with people hungry for someone to just notice them; someone to act like they care.

Strap on your carpenters apron, fill it with nails of kindness and get to hammering; only time and eternity will the reveal the hope and help that will be hung on those nails.

 

8 thoughts on “Drive a nail…

  1. The ‘nail on the wall’ is a great idea! I love it! I didn’t realize it could be done with a business card! I’ll use that myself!

    • I have your business card on my desk right now 🙂

      Thankful to be a Papa and a Pastor, and a Person who lives to love and serve my family, my church family, and above my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Follow me on pastorkemp.com Sent from my iPad

      • This Thanksgiving 2013 was especially wonderful because of all the family gathered together and the peace and joy of each person present!There was 15 in all during the holiday! I only hope we were able to ‘put a nail on the wall’ during this time that will last for eternity!

  2. Pastor that was beautiful, “being a nail leaver”. We like that and we hopefully will be leaving some nails today. We are so blessed! Have a blessed day….with love….Ann & Joe

    • Be you my dear Romans! You truly are nail leavers, and there’s a lot of love and kindness hanging on those nails.

      Thankful to be a Papa and a Pastor, and a Person who lives to love and serve my family, my church family, and above my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. Follow me on pastorkemp.com Sent from my iPad

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