This is a classic story. A man came out of his home one day to admire his new truck. To his amazement, his three-year-old son was happily hammering dents into the shiny paint of the truck. The man ran to his son, knocked him away, and hammered the little boy’s hands into a pulp as punishment. When the father calmed down, he rushed his son to the hospital. Although the doctor tried desperately to save the crushed bones but they had to amputate the fingers from both hands. When the boy woke up from the surgery, saw his bandaged stubs and innocently said “Daddy, I’m sorry about your truck.” And then he asked his Dad “when are my fingers going to grow back?” The father went home sorrowful.
Think about this story the next time someone crosses your path or you wish to take revenge in whatever manner. Think first before you lose your temper with someone you love. Trucks can be repaired but broken bones and hurt feelings often can’t. We often all forget that forgiveness is greater than revenge. People make mistakes and will forever make mistakes, so we should provide room for people to make mistakes in our interpersonal relationships otherwise the corresponding reactions we assume in rage can become counterproductive and haunt us forever. Patience is a virtue we should inculcate into our lives as we relate with others “for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God”