A Proverb for April 27: Proverbs 27:2
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth;”
I’m not an artist; I’m a PawPaw Sketcher. I draw for my grandchildren. It’s what my dad and grandpa did and so I’m just carrying it on.
This sketch shows the story of the famous big-mouth frog. Here it is in a nutshell: The big-mouth frog, jealous of the high flying geese, always dreamed of flying south for the winter.
He came up with a plan and roped in two snow geese to help. “If you guys will hold a rope in your beaks, I’ll hang on with my mouth and we’ll fly south together.”
The geese were the agreeable sort and the plan was put into action on a cold day in early October. The plan worked great until they flew over Kansas.
Two Kansas wheat farmers were in their field when they looked up to see the strangest sight. High up in the sky, they saw two geese flying with a frog hanging down from a rope they both held.
One of the farmers shook his head. “Now Fred, that’s something I’ve never seen. I wonder whose idea that was?”
The big-mouth frog, so proud of his idea, opened his mouth and said,
It’s a corny story (or in this case ‘wheaty’) but it will preach.
It’s best to keep our mouth shut about what we’ve done. Let others do it. As they say in the piney woods, “Let someone else thump your tub.”
Or “Your horn will toot twice as far if you let someone else toot it.”
Good advice from the writer of Proverbs: “Let another praise you.”
Seconded by a big-mouth frog.
Blessings, Curt Iles*
*It is slightly ironic and humorous that I’m posting this on a website dedicated to sharing about what I’ve written, shared, spoken, etc. etc. ad nauseum.
You can laugh at that. I’m laughing myself.