Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Avoiding the Fall~ Day 18 (31 Days of Wisdom)

Have you ever heard the story of the frog?

the frog and the faery ~ frog flies
{Photo Credit}

Once upon a time, there was a frog who wanted to fly. Not content to merely hop around for the rest of his life, he thought long and hard, and he thought hard and long. Finally, he devised a plan that, in all estimations, would take him to the sky.

His plan, however, involved the help of a couple of his friends; friends who just happened to be feathered.

And here is what they did.

They found a short stick and then each took their place: a bird on each end and the frog in the middle. As the wanna-be-flier grabbed hold of the stick with his mouth, the birds gently picked it up with their feet and headed skyward.

And you know what?

It worked.

The frog was flying,

             soaring high above other earth dwelling creatures,

    gazing down on them in sheer delight.

As you can imagine, it wasn't long before this unusual sight caught the attention of the entire neighborhood.  Soon, everyone was looking up, pointing at the frog and exclaiming, "Ooooooooooooooo" and "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah".

"Wow! Look at Freddy! He's flying. He's really flying. Wow! Who would of thought a frog could fly?"

Comment after comment, exclamation after exclamation, slowly drifted upward.  And, as you can imagine, the frog was feeling mighty good about his accomplishment.

"What a great idea! I wonder who thought up this amazing plan."

"Yeah. Who could have been wise enough to figure out a way to get a frog to fly?"

As the search for the man-behind-the-plan intensified, the frog swelled with pride.

"I know! I know! It must have been the birds," someone said. "After all, they are masters of the sky. I bet they are the ones who came up with this brilliant idea!"

"Yes! You're probably right," agreed another.

"Yay for the birds!  Hip Hip Hooray!"

And with that, everyone applauded the wisdom of these two birds.

With his mouth wrapped tightly around the stick, the frog gazed down upon this celebration. As shouts of acclamation for his feather friends reached his ears, all the joy he first felt, suddenly disappeared.

It wasn't the birds idea, he thought to himself, This was MY idea. I'M the one who thought of this great plan. I'M the master mind behind this amazing feat.

Finally someone yelled up at the trio. "Tell us. We just have to know. Who thought up this great idea?"

Within seconds, the answer came.

"I d
                 d" the frog exclaimed,

all the way to the ground.

First pride, then the crash—
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. ~ Proverbs 16:18, The Message

And, just in case we missed this when we were studying chapter 16 of Proverbs, here is it again in our chapter for today:

Pride first, then the crash,
but humility is precursor to honor. ~ Proverbs 18:12, The Message


It swells up in us all from time to time, and each time it's acted upon, the results are the same.


D o w n


we go........

It happened to Lucifer and 1/3 of his angels.

It happened to Haman, who was hung on the gallows built with Mordecai in mind.

It happened to king after king.

Remember King Saul and King Nebuchadnezzar?

It happened and it still happens.

We don't have to look any farther than our own lives to see this priniciple is truth.

Do you think it is simply a coinincidence that smack dab in the middle of the word pride is the letter "I"?

Sadly, the frog learned his lesson...the hard way.

How will your story end?

How will mine?

Wisdom has spoken.

May we heed her counsel and soar on the wings of God's Spirit.

May He be the wind beneath our wings.

When others see our success,

when words of praise ascend to our ears,

may we give honor where honor is due.

May our lips always declare that it is God,

and only God,

who deserves the praise.

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  1. This is such a great reminder!!! I so struggle with pride, more inwardly than outwardly. I'm always comparing myself to others and want to be the very best. I want my life to give glory to God, to point to God, but I have to get over myself first. Thank goodness God allows us to be works in progress!!

  2. You are so right, God is the only one who deserves our praise! I don't know why we never seem to learn that our pride is so self-deceptive. Great story! Thanks for sharing, Stacy!

  3. i pray for wisdom every five minutes, as a mother. i hunger for it. and i stumble over pride every other five minutes. :)

  4. wonderful post! very timely and great reminder to give God all the glory...

  5. I love this story...have to share it at our next Tuesday night family meeting :)


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