Tuesday, July 19, 2005

A Bag of Nails

Hello to all!  Today I am passing on to you another story from Gods Work Ministry E-mail.  This so fits the study on words and anger we have been doing together!  (For more stories, poems and testimonies visit the website - just click the link in my sidebar.  Or just go by and sign the guest book, let Bro. Savaya know how much the things he prepares & I share mean to you.)

A LITTLE BOYS TEMPER     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 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.   Make sure you control your temper the next time you are tempted to say something you will regret later.   Author Unknown  

Today's journal is practically brand-spanking new!   Loris lives in South Florida with a hubby, two boys and a new baby girl.  Her entries to date have been a potpouri of news, reflection, celebration and chit-chat.  You can check her out at  Leave a Brilliant Light Behind.  Welcome to J~land, Loris!


 Now for our own look in the Word, we go to Galatians 5:20.  But I encourage you to check out the whole passage of 5:13-26 and study the Fruits of the Spirit vs the Works of the Flesh.  "...hatred and fighting, jealousy and anger, constant effort to get the best for yourself, complaints and criticisms, the feeling that everyone else is wrong except those in your own little group - and there will be wrong doctrine,..."  Habitual anger springs from a fleshly world-view.  If we have been crucified with Christ, then our "flesh" has no more rights than a corpse!  Habitual anger breeds sin, and sin has no right to "flurish" in the lives of God's children.  How many pounds of nails are you planning on buying today?



  1. Great story.


  2. Wonderful story and so very true, thank you xxxxx

  3. oh I have read this storie many times and still love it it is still so true thank you for sharing it . I love the word of the day as well I am truying to teach my teenager as well as my self in trying to teach her the fruits of the spirit my friend made me a beautiful graphic with our names on it and the fruits of the spirit have a good day God bless kelley

  4. Hey there, love the story and so true it is!  Thanks for sharing.



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