A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell into a deep pit. When the other frogs saw how deep the pit was, they told the two frogs that they were as good as dead. The two frogs ignored the words and tried to jump up out of the pit with all their strength. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the frogs accepted 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 shouted at him to stop the efforts 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 all the whole time.
This story teaches us two lessons:
1.There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift him up and help him make it through the day.
2.A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him.
Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path. The power of words is great. 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.