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
“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
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 can reach the top.