In his newest book, The Eighth Habit, Stephen Covey reports that what the inventor and innovator, Buckminster Fuller wanted on his epitaph.  Fuller said that his tombstone should read, “Just a trim tab.”  What in the world did he mean by that?  A trim tab is a small rudder that helps to turn a larger rudder.  What a humble way to look at your contributions.  Many people discount their faithfulness in small things.  They don’t realize that small things often affect big things.  It is especially true for Christians that we can be satisfied being trim tabs, if the Lord is the captain of the ship.


J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.