Thursday, January 21, 2010

Daily Digest #366

Now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. —1 Corinthians 13:13

How lucky are we to have special people in our lives who love us despite of our shortcomings, fears and weaknesses :D I can identify with those people who ask for a heart that hopes, loves and commits itself to them when they hurt. They are usually the misunderstood, because they do not have the courage to say what they truly feel. And no matter how hard they try, they always spill out the wrong words, which usually makes matters worse. I do not intend to make an excuse for those who are hurting. Like myself, these people are yet to master their emotions. But what amazes me the most is how some people in our lives can show us true compassion, patience, understanding, forgiveness and acceptance despite our irrational behavior. They never get tired of loving. They never cease praying for those they love. This simple act of kindness always helps awaken hearts that have grown cold and weary, until they experience how love truly heals faster than time.

Allow me to share a beautiful story about love and forgiveness. This was just forwarded to me by a friend. Happy Tuesday! Pray always. God bless!

Nails in the Fence

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 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. But It won't matter how many times you say I'm sorry, the wound will still be there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.

Remember that 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.'

You are my friend and I am honored. Please forgive me if I have ever left a 'hole' in your fence.

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