Spreading Good News (Part 328 – Discouragement: A Tool of the Devil)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our books!!


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~ Joyce Fields



Discouragement:  A Tool of the Devil
~ Author Unknown

Once upon a time it was announced that the devil was going out of business and would sell all his equipment to those who were willing to pay the price.

On the big day of the sale, all his tools were attractively displayed.

There was Envy, Jealousy, Hatred, Anger, Greed, Arrogance, Malice, Dishonesty, Pride, Selfishness, Ego, Lies, Idolatry, and other implements of evil on display.  Each of the tools was marked with its own price tag.

Over in the corner, by itself, was a harmless looking, wedge-shaped tool—very much worn, but still it bore a higher price than any of the others.

Someone asked the devil what it was, and he answered, “That is DISCOURAGEMENT.”

The next question came quickly:  “And why is it priced so high, even though
it is plain to see that it is worn more than these others?”

“Because,” replied the devil, “it is more useful to me than all these others.  I can pry open and get into people’s hearts with that when I cannot get near them with any other tool.  Once I get inside, I can use them in whatever way suits me best.  It is worn well because I use it on everybody I can, and few people even know it belongs to me.”

This tool was priced so high that no one could buy it, and to this day it has never been sold.

It still belongs to the devil, and he still uses it on humankind.

Moral of the Story:  The next time you feel discouraged, remember that it’s the devil trying to use you.  Don’t fall for it!

NOTE FROM JOYCEIf you enjoyed this piece, send the link to others.  Thanks!!


~ Joyce Fields






About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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2 Responses to Spreading Good News (Part 328 – Discouragement: A Tool of the Devil)

  1. Ava Glenn says:

    Hi J,
    Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. It’s very calming and inspiring. Hopefully it will inspire others to get their mamograms and not put it off. Love you much;)

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