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A Little Piece of Tape

Updated: Oct 17, 2021

Forty Nine years ago, five men were arrested for breaking into offices of the Democratic National Committee at the Watergate Hotel in Washington. Newsweek, the only major magazine to carry the story, almost cut it at press time. “An odd little story,” it gained momentum until it led to the near impeachment of and resignation of the President of the United States.

On June 17,1972, five men carrying electronic bugging devices broke into the Watergate. The first man taped the lock on the door so that, when it closed, it wouldn't lock out the other four men. One by one they entered. According to Gonzalez, one of the five, “The last person in was supposed to remove the tape. It never happened.” Frank Willis, a security guard, happened by. According to him, “The thing that stands out most in my memory, really, is the piece of tape on the door, and later discovering that just finding that one particular piece of tape... led all the way to the White House.”

That little piece of tape affected the lives of every American.

Have you thought about your “little piece of tape?” What is it that you are doing, or forgetting to do, that makes all the difference in the world? You may not consider any role you could fulfill as being significant, but you don't know.

In the grand scheme of things, we sometimes feel like the world is so big and that our actions don't really make any difference. The truth is, God needs all of us. He desires that every Christian fulfill his role. “From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:16). “Together you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of that body” (I Corinthians 12:27 NCV). If you are not filling your role, who knows what grand work of God is suffering. Who knows, the little role you fill might lead to the White House.

What's your little piece of tape?

- Dale Jenkins


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