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CLIMBING FROGS - January 19, 2006

January is a time when people, governments and organizations think ahead to the New Year. Goals are discussed and the comments begin:

“We can’t do that, we don’t have enough funding!”

“We can’t possibly accomplish it, we don’t have enough people . . . time . . . too many problems . . . people will talk . . .”

I want to relate a story about a bunch of tiny frogs to illustrate what makes a winner.

Once there were some tiny frogs who arranged a competition. The goal was to reach the top of a very high tower. A large crowd had gathered to see the race and cheer for the contestants. But, none of them really believed the frogs would reach the top of the tower. You could hear comments like, “It’s too hard for them! They will never make it to the top! They won’t succeed, the tower is too high!”

The tiny frogs began collapsing, one by one. There were a few who still were climbing higher and higher. The crowd continued to yell, “It is too hard, no one will make it, they just can’t do it!” More frogs got tired and dropped out, but one little frog continued climbing higher and higher. He just would not give up! With one final burst of energy, he finally made it to the top.

Then the other frogs wanted to know how he actually finished the competition. How did he find the strength to succeed and reach the goal?

It turned out that the winner was deaf!

The point of this story is, “Never listen to other people’s tendencies to be negative or pessimistic. They can destroy belief in yourself. Be positive and turn a deaf ear when you are told, “It’s impossible, you can’t reach the top!”

Think of the power of words. Everything you hear and read will affect your actions. Read II Chronicles 20:17. “Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Go out tomorrow, for the Lord is with you.”

You can reach the top.

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