Nail In The Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper.  He’s father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost him hamper. he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.  Over the next few weeks, as he learned to controlled his anger, the number of nailed 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 on nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper.

The days passed and the young boy was fiinally 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 all 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 bas as a physical one.

Author unknown

Copyright 2015


5 thoughts on “Nail In The Fence

  1. Yes, and I got this when I was having anger issues. Then I got a book by Lisa Bevere about Healing for the Angry Heart. Then I bought the curriculum and started teaching it and included supplemental things like this story. It really hits home how words really DO hurt. Remember, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never harm me!”? Well, that’s so not true. Words do more damage to us every day. So I thought I would share this on this blog as well as my ministry site.

    Thank you for your kind words, Basharr! I love to hear from you, good or bad! I love your feedback as I trust you very much! God bless!


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