The Angry Young Boy

A story is told of an angry boy with a very bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told that every time he lost his temper, he was to hammer a nail in the fence.  The first day the boy had driven thirty-seven nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled. He found that it was a lot easier to hold his temper than to drive the 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 should pull out all the nails, until they were all gone. The days passed and the 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 back to the fence. He said, “You have done well, son, but look at all the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same again. 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 you are sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.” The father continued and said, “Friends are rare jewels. They make you smile, they encourage you to succeed, they lend an ear, and they share a word of praise. They always open their hearts to you. Anger destroys and leaves wounds that can last a lifetime.” (Author Unknown)

Proverbs 16:32 teaches, “It is better to be slow-tempered than famous; it is better to have self-control than to control an army” (TLB). Ecclesiastes 7:9 says, “Don’t be quick-tempered, for anger is the friend of fools” (NLT). Anger weakens people and puts them at a disadvantage. Anger shuts down an open mind. When you get angry, you are through solving problems, because anger shuts down the problem-solving process in your brain. Remember that anger, with malice, never speaks well. When anger begins, it is the end of true faith, and when true faith begins it is the end of anger.

Pastor George Belobaba

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