Inspiration from the Pastors

For Want of a Nail


I’m the queen of archaic phrases. Just ask my kids. I’m always saying something that no one says anymore, and I find myself having to explain more often than I’d like. This morning when I was getting ready, I realized I had forgotten to purchase half & half and I said to myself, “For want of a nail!”

If you are unfamiliar with this 18th century nursery rhyme it goes like this:

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.
All for the want of a horseshoe nail.

So, what does that have to do with my Half & Half-less morning? My omission of creamer made for a coffee-less morning (because I’m a coffee-wimp and can’t drink it black) which makes for a cranky day, which causes me to say things that are not nice, which, if I wasn’t married to the best husband on the planet, might have ultimately led to divorce.

Yes, this example may seem far-fetched, because Starbucks has a drive-thru, however, we must understand that one seemingly insignificant decision, action, or lack of action will cause a cascading effect. Our choices, good or bad, actually matter.

Keep On The Path
Last Sunday, Pastor Jim said, “The path in front of you goes in one direction. Choose to stay on that path.” Each decision you make throughout your day will either keep you on the path, or draw you off of it. It’s not because you must keep to the set of rules in order to earn (or keep) God’s forgiveness. It’s because each decision, no matter how small, either keeps you on the path to life, or turns you away from it. The path is the place of favor, blessing, power, and freedom.

Look at your decisions and take each one to its natural conclusion. Be wise. Be thoughtful. Be deliberate. Be holy.

Choose this day whom you will serve. Joshua 24:16

-Pastor Lorelei