Wednesday, July 30, 2008

anger and hurtful words!

There once was a little boy who had a bad
temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails
and told him that every time he lost his
temper, he must hammer a nail into the back
of the fence. The first day the boy had
driven 37 nails into the fence Over the next
next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger,
the number of nails hammered daily
gradually dwindled down. He discovered
it was easier to hold his temper than to
drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't
lose his temper at all. He told his father
about it and the father suggested that the
boy now pull out one nail for each day that
he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally
able to tell his father that all the nails
were gone. The father took his son by the
hand and led him to the fence He said, "You
have done well, my son, but look at the
holes in the fence. The fence will never be
the same. When you say things in anger,
they leave a scar just like this one. You
can put a knife in a man and draw it out.
It won't matter how many times you say I'm
sorry, the wound is still there. " A verbal
wound is as bad as a physical one.
Friends are very rare jewels, indeed. They
make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
They lend an ear, they share words of praise
and they always want to open their hearts to us."


Jeff Greathouse said...

reminds of proverbs 27:17

pastorbrianculver said...

Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17

Godly advice is needed today!! I would challenge anyone to seek the wisdom that comes from God and then use it to sharpen another person (as well as ourselves!)

Timm said...

Great story Brian. I think I'll use this one sometime. Funny, because I just posted a bit about Christian Reporrf myself.

Cindy said...

I love this story. I wonder if it might work for my son!

Question of Identity said...

This is a great practical illustration - praise God that it was Jesus who bears the nails for me!