Recently, we had a conversation about frogs with my roommates. You have to know I just adopted another animal–a fake one, of course, one of these rubber rings for babies, so I guess that’s how the whole thing started. They wanted to know why on earth I’d choose such a random animal. well, as you may know, French people are very nicely nicknamed Frogs by their neighbours (The Britts). There is a reason behind that. During one of these numerous wars that took place between both countries (before we decided that really, French couldn’t live in GB and Britts, well, they liked better their island), the English organized a blockade around France. We were close to starvation -dramatic version-. So much that we ended up eating what was handy, which was rats in the cities, frogs and snails in the countryside. if the last have become delicacies, I just want to reassure any worried reader, we no longer eat rats -or not that I know and leave this privilege to our Asian friends (Just kiddin ;))).
And now, ladies and gentlemen, after this small history account, here’s a fun parable about FROGS 🙂
A group of frogs were 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 unfortunate frogs
they would never get out. The two frogs ignored the
comments and tried to jump up out of the pit.
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
Special is the individual who will take the time
to encourage another.
Therefore encourage one another and build each
other up, just as in fact you are doing.
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)