Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Life or Death

A group of frogs were travelling 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, 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 to what the
other frogs were saying and gave up. He fell 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 deaf. He thought they were encouraging him
the entire time.

This story teaches two lessons:

1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging
word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make
it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes
to kill them. Be careful of what you say.

Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words 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. Special is the
individual who will take the time to encourage another.

- Author Unknown

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