Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Power Of Words:


Life

Or Death

This was an e-mail sent to me...and very worthy of publishing. I don't know who the author was. I pray that my words will always be encouraging ones to others. But I'm a human being, with MANY FAULTS. The tongue is the hardest thing in the world to control. I can only control my own...and that seems to be an impossibility! I ask God to help me.

The Story:
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 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 of 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.

2 comments:

'American Dreamer' said...

Susie,
Thank you so much for posting this little story.
If you don't mind, I'm going to use it in email form or on my site, Sondance, or both.
It takes more than an earthly lifetime to learn the ropes for just plain living, doesn't it?
We really need the Holy Spirit, Who knows the right way, to guide us continually.
Thanks so much for visiting my site.

Susie said...

Hi There:)
Thank you for your comment. Yes, please do use this story. It's one that needs to be shared. And you're right, we do need the Holy Spirit.
God bless you!