The Boy and the Nuts


A little boy once found a jar of nuts on the table.

“I would like some of these nuts,” he thought. “I’m sure Mother will give them to me if she were here. I’ll take a big handful.” So he reached into the jar and grabbed as many as he could hold.

But when he tried to pull his hand out, he found the neck of the jar was too small. His hand was held fast, but he did not want to drop any of the nuts.

He tried again and again, but he couldn’t get the whole handful out. At last he began to cry.

Just then his mother came into the room. “What’s the matter?” she asked.

“I can’t take this handful of nuts out of the jar,” sobbed the boy.

“Well, don’t be so greedy,” his mother replied. “Be content with half the amount, and you’ll be able to get your hand out without difficulty.”

“How easy that was,” said the boy as he left the table. “I might have thought of that myself.”

by: Aesop, The Book of Virtues

1 Tim 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Prov 23:21 “For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

Moral of the story…?

Several could be argued for this story. However, it’s always wise not to bite off more than you can chew (i.e. do). When we try to grab for much, we often find that we can only carry but so much. Greed spoils the man and confounds his ways.