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The Tale of Two Frogs

The Tale of Two Frogs

 

A group of frogs was traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into  a deep pit.  All the other frogs gathered around the pit.  When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead.

 

The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might.  The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead.  Finally, one of the frogs took heed of what the other frogs were saying and gave up. He lay down and died.

 

The other frog continued to jump as hard as he could.  Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain and just die.  He jumped even harder and finally made it out.  When he got out, the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?"  The frog explained to them that he was almost deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

 

This story teaches two lessons:

 

1.  The tongue has the power of life and death.  An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift him or her up and help that person make it through the day.

 

2.  A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him or her. Be careful of what you say.  Speak life to those who cross your path.

 

The power of words:  it is sometimes hard to understand that an encouraging word can go such a long way.  Anyone can speak words that tend to rob another of the spirit to continue in difficult times.  It is a special individual who will take the time to encourage another.  Be special to others.

 

Author Unknown

 

“Preach the Gospel, and if necessary use words.”

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