Nail In The Fence:
The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the 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.
My mother posted this on her facebook page…
It is a great analogy of what anger can do to us…and what it can do to others.
How quick we are to us our tongue
to harm a heart within it’s reach
but beneath our words is the creative power of God
used wrongly in anger
a counterfeit at best
and so eachday we are to maintain
and hold ourselves accountable to learn self-control
and bite that tongue when it tries to lash
and a stranger or a friend…
By: Starla Smith
but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
in our own strength we can not get ahold of ourselves…BUT
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.