A frog was wondering how he could get away from the cold winter climate. Some wild geese suggested that he migrate with them. The problem, though, was that the frog couldn’t fly.
“Just leave it to me,” said the frog. “I’ve got a splendid brain.” He thought about it and then asked two geese to help him by picking up a strong reed, each holding one end. The frog planned to hold on to the reed with his mouth.
In due time the geese and the frog started on their journey. Soon they were passing over a small town, and the villagers came out to see the unusual sight. Someone cried out, “Who could have come up with such a clever idea?” This made the frog so puffed up with a sense of importance that he exclaimed, “I did it!” His pride was his undoing, for the moment he opened his mouth he lost his hold and fell to his death.
“Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Prov. 16:18), but the Lord crowns humility with His blessing. Solomon also said, “Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth” (27:2). If we would talk more about the Lord and praise Him, we would have less time to talk about ourselves.
My gracious Master and my God,
Assist me to proclaim,
To spread through all the earth abroad
The honors of Thy name. —Wesley
No one has ever choked to death from swallowing his pride.