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 two frogs that they were as good
The two frogs ignored the comments and
tried to jump up out of the pit with all
of their might. The other frogs kept telling
them to stop, that they were as good as
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. 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. A destructive word to
someone who is down can be what it takes
to kill them.