Sad to say, James’s wild spirit dictates his actions. His passion is commanding, his influence powerful. One day, in a senseless fight, tragedy strikes, and after that critical moment everything changes. Like the untamed thistle that takes root and spreads its prickly thorns, so it is with our lives. This analogy will demand your attention and leave an impression you’ll never forget.
“The thistle grows wherever it can take root. It takes over, spreading prolifically. So it is with sin, which takes root in our hearts and pervades our lives, as it does with Herbert and James. The tug of Herbert’s friend is irresistible; his influence is powerful. Having no childhood mentor, James wild spirit dictates his actions. Then one day, in a senseless fight, tragedy strikes, and after that critical moment everything changes. This story will challenge you to rule your own spirit — or better yet, to walk with God so that He will rule your spirit. Oh, what a story it is! Untamed Thistles — a brilliant word picture revealing a sobering truth.
The second story in this volume, Getting Rich, brings home the truth that having the means to indulge in a bad habit is often a strong temptation to do so. We never can tell what we shall do until we are tried, as we see in this enlightening story. Proverbs 16:32 — Mark Hamby