Monday, February 29, 2016
The Frog and the Ox
"Tush, child, tush," said the old frog, "that was only Farmer White's ox. It isn't so big either; he may be a little bit taller than I, but I could easily make myself quite as broad; just you see." So he blew himself out, and blew himself out, and blew himself out. "Was he as big as that?" asked he.
"Oh, much bigger than that," said the young frog.
Again the old one blew himself out, and asked the young one if the ox was as big as that.
"Bigger, Father, bigger," was the reply.
So the frog took a deep breath, and blew and blew and blew, and swelled and swelled and swelled. And then he said: "I'm sure the ox is not as big as. . .But at this moment, he burst.
Aesop's fable of the frog and the ox is an excellent reminder of Proverbs 16:18: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. We must be careful how much we puff ourselves up, for eventually, we will pop.