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Friday, July 24, 2009

A Pot of Hot Water

This little frog was in our garage last night. My husband got it and showed the kids, then we released it in the back yard. I don't want them hoping into my house, but the little ones are really cute, aren't they?

Do you know the story about the man who put a frog into a pot of hot water? When the frog felt the hot water, he immediately jumped out! But when the man put the frog in a pot of cold water and gradually turned up the heat, the frog didn't try to jump out. Instead, he died. Little by little the frog got used to his surroundings, until it eventually cost him his life.

I wonder if we do this same thing in life sometimes? Think about the world around it has changed. Many years ago some of the things that are now seen on TV and in movies would never have been shown. Many years ago, people would never have dressed immodestly, but now immodesty is considered the "norm" by many. Many years ago, song lyrics wouldn't have had drugs and alcohol in their lyrics, and they wouldn't have talked about marital infidelity or had sexual tones. Yes, the "temperature" of life around us has definitely changed. And what have we, as Christians, done about those changes?

Maybe we are like the little frog. We've allowed the world around us to change and gotten content in our surroundings, instead of "jumping" out of the very hot water. The world has gradually changed and we haven't said "no!".

Having the strength and courage to say no definitely comes from God. It's not something we can do totally on our own, but God is willing to help us. In fact, He needs us to speak up and say "no"! If we don't, who will?

"These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33


A.Marie said...

Hello! This was a good story, and isn't is so true!!

A.Marie said...

ooops...I tell you...I cannot type...Should have said "isn't it so true!"

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