Kissing Frogs

By Ron Hull

According to one version of an old story, there was once a handsome prince trapped inside a frog. There he languished until one day—wonder of wonders—a beautiful princess picked him up and kissed him! Zap! He was transformed from frog to prince.

Nice story. But very likely in the real world? When was the last time you saw a beautiful princess kiss a frog?

Actually, you may have seen it and just didn’t know it. Here’s this disagreeable fellow, let’s say.  No, disagreeable isn’t quite the right word.  He’s froggish:  sluggish, drooped, pooped, thoroughly unattractive as he floats down life’s lily pad flicking flies. People on the bank can only think of gigging him.

Then one day someone looks at him in a different way. She sees beneath the frog form all the way to the heart. She extends kindness and, gradually, changes come. (Instant transformations happen only in fairy tales.) The prince begins to emerge. I’ve seen it happen.

You may live or work with someone who has been acting a bit froggish lately. You may know some Facebook frogs. You would dearly love to see change. But is it possible?  How? 

What every frog needs is the “kiss” of kindness.  (More than one kiss will be necessary for some who have been trapped in frogdom for so long that they have forgotten who they are.)

Although there is a certain unpleasantness in kissing frogs, nothing is more rewarding.

So, even if you’re not a princess, kiss a frog and watch what happens—to the frog, and to you.

Ron Hull is pastor of the Church of Christ. He may be reached by calling 559-592-2909.

Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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