Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lessons From a Frog

I remember when I was young spending countless hours down by the river trying to catch frogs so I could keep them as a pet. I would catch them and chase my sister around, laughing at how she would run in disgust. She was completely repulsed by them, which was all the reason any brother ever needs to chase his sister!

Have you ever stopped to consider the lessons we could learn from a frog? If we sit back and think about it, we can learn a lot from them. I'd like you to get a picture of a frog in your mind. Think about the overall look of a frog. Consider its abilities. With these characteristics in mind, let's consider a few things:

A Frog Never Looks Back

Because of where its eyes are located, a frog is unable to look backward, and is therefore unable to look into the past where it came from. As a Christian, this lesson is vital to us because after we enter into Jesus, we are not to look back at where we came from. In Luke 9:62 Jesus says, "And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Looking back does a Christian no good. As a general rule, it only stirs up negative emotions that are not beneficial to our walk with Christ. Feeling guilt, shame, hurt, or a longing for days past only serves to distract us from the wonders God has planned for us in the days that lay ahead. We should never look back, because your body follows your eyes. If you look backward, you will move backward.

A Frog Never Moves Backward

I'm convinced that a frog never moves backward because it only looks forward. However, the application for us is the fact that whether it can or it can't, it simply doesn't move backward. Also consider how a frog moves. It never moves in small steps or shuffles aimlessly along, but rather moves in leaps and bounds. As Christians, we should strive daily to move forward in our relationship with Christ in leaps and bounds, growing in knowledge, wisdom and faith.

1 Corinthians 13:11 says, "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." Paul was saying that as he grew physically, so did his wisdom and knowledge- but only because he put away childish things that would hinder his growth. The trick to growth is recognizing obstacles that would hinder it, and removing or jumping over them.

A Frog Jumps Over Roadblocks

When a frog is making his forward momentum, he never allows a roadblock to interfere with his chosen direction of travel. Whether it be a fallen log or a boulder, he jumps over them. If it is a river or lake, he swims through them. The frog finds a way around the roadblocks that stand in his way of progress. We can learn from the frog because we often let a minor stumble turn into a major fall. All too often we become discouraged by life's events and allow them way too much control over our motivation and our movement. The frog doesn't have this problem. It sees an obstacle, and finds a way around it. The answer to an obstacle is simple to the frog- just jump over it. If you can't jump over it, you jump around it. Whatever you do, you don't stop!

A Christian should count roadblocks as growth opportunities. This concept is outlined in one of my favorite books of the Bible, the book of James. When James penned the idea of "count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations" in James 1:2, he didn't mean to be glad you were having troubles. Rather he meant we should be thankful for the growing opportunities a problem provides.

It's amazing the lessons we can learn from the most unsuspecting places. When we give our lives over to God, we should never look back at the past. We should only move forward. If we run into a roadblock, we should jump over or around it, never letting a stumble turn into a fall.

Who would have thought that we could learn so much from such a small, seemingly inconsequential creature as a frog? However, when we open our eyes, we find Gods wisdom in all of His creation. Even in the creatures that disgust us. 

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