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Swallowing Frogs

The Bible makes it clear that good works won’t make God love us any more than God already does. But the Bible also directs us to be “doers of the word and not hearers only.” Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes it’s not.

Years ago, when I was a young minister, I had a difficult situation come up in a church I was serving. I avoided dealing with it for longer than I should have, and then one day I was talking to an older minister friend who gave me some wise advice. He said, “If you have to swallow a frog, don’t look at it too long.” It was kind of a funny way to put it, but it made a lot of sense. The longer you think about a problem, the bigger and uglier the problem becomes. So, I quickly swallowed that frog and it’s wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be.

I’m guessing there’s something in your life right now that you’re avoiding – some task left undone, some conflict unresolved, some change needed. Don’t wait! Do it now! And seek always to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only.