Many stories have been written how the power of words and persuasion has brought wealth and success to many.  Let us learn from the story that follows.

As the story goes, a group of frogs was 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. 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 and help that person up and make it through the day.

2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill him/her. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.

The power of words 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 time. Special is the individual who will take the time to encourage another and be special to others.

If you are facing difficulties in your life, perhaps it might be a good time to take inventory of what and how you are speaking. In his book, The Power of Positive Thinking, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale tell us how positive affirmations like, if God is with us, who can be against us, I can do it, etc, can work wonders in how we think. They can change our attitude towards life. The best lesson I've learned in life is that, most of the time we cannot change people and things around us but we can certainly change our attitude towards them. The way we talk to and about ourselves can make all the difference in our happiness. If we would like to see positive changes in our life by mastering our mouth, it's time to realize that the answer is right under our nose!

By Tim Pedrosa

James 3:1-18; 1:5; Luke 21:15; Proverbs 18:15-21
Related pages: 
The Power of the Tongue  ; Words Can Heal and Words Can Harm 


Kind words are like honey-sweet to the taste and good for your health. Proverbs 16:24  My word that goes out from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire. ~Isaiah  55:11~  You can know a great deal about a person by what he says about others. Every day, we do what we choose to do.