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
When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the unfortunate
frogs they would never get out.
The two frogs ignored the comments and tried to jump up out of
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 simply 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 suffering and
just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out.
When he got out, the other frogs asked him, "Why
did you continue jumping? Didn't you hear us?"
The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were
encouraging him the entire time.
This story holds 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... 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