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09/13/00

Two Frogs

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them
fell into a deep 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 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... 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.

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