Tuesday, January 20, 2009

If the Only Tool You Have is a Hammer, Every Problem Looks Like a Nail - Dad's Thought of the Week

"If the only tool you have is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." I just heard that "old saying" a few days ago, and have been thinking about it since.

In my mind is a picture of a guy trying to loosen the nut on a bolt that would easily come off with a wrench. But, since he only has a hammer, he is beating on the nut with his hammer.

It is important that we have a lot of tools to handle the challenges of life. The Gospel provides us with many tools and teaches us to get others via education.

Since challenges will come to us in many varieties, we need all the tools we can get. One is the ability to receive personal revelation. Another is the faith to relax and rely on the Lord. Another is mental ability to think through problems. Another is the humility to ask for help. I could go on and on.

What I see sometimes, not necessarily in our family, but I see people with challenges who lack the tools to handle the challenge. They get frustrated because they keeping using the only tool they have to solve the problem and it is the wrong one. It is like the guy hitting the nut and blot with a hammer, when it will only come off with a wrench.

I know you all have many tools to handle the challenges that are facing you, but you may need to get more and learn to use the tools you have more effectively.

I love you all.



Andy said...

I have never thought about the faith to relax as a tool we need to develop. That is a great piece of advice.

Thank You

sarah jean said...

ahh p diddy.... so, so wise! who could ask for more in a dad.... giving us wisdom, taking us on a cruise. yes life is good with p diddy on your side.


Did I marry a great man or what? What wonderful advice...I too need to have faith enough to relax and feel the Spirit...I love you, Sweet Husband dear...and I am glad I experienced some sadness in love before I met and fell in love with you...You are such a blessing in my life. I am so lucky to have you and my children(which counts Ashton and Stefany) and also my little Ella Belle.

Rachel said...

You are amazing, Paps. Thank you.

Rodgers Family said...

DAD you rock. What a great thing to read this morning, love ya

Rodgers Family said...

freaking beautiful. thanks den. that makes a lot of sense.