The FROGS(A Story of the Power of the Tongue)
With the birth of our ninth grandbaby, life turned temporarily from very busy to crazy busy. Brennon and Brett live right behind us and they have needed a bit of help with the addition of little Buchanan 5, Cali Buchanan. Every day I thought I would get back to my computer, but didn’t. Such joy it is to have this new little reward from the Lord. LIttle Caris, who turned two yesterday, has spent much time with us and been such a blessing to have here.
All Five Buchanan Children
Cali Kishon Buchanan
Story One of the Frogs
This story below will be a good summary and reminder of the theme of July on the Power of Our Words. Another frog story coming next will set the stage for my Crossfit/Fabufit Paleo journey over the past one year. So many things in my life changed over that one year and a great number of lessons were learned. Possibly my story will give you some tips, hope and insights as well.
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. Frog page 2
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 times.
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 ~ from Sheryl N.