Toad baked some cookies. “These cookies smell very good,” said Toad. He ate one. “And they taste even better,” he said. Toad ran to Frog’s house. “Frog, Frog,” cried Toad, “taste these cookies that I have made.”
Frog ate one of the cookies. “These are the best cookies I have ever eaten!” said Frog.
Frog and Toad ate many cookies, one after another. “You know, Toad,” said Frog, with his mouth full, “I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick.”
“You are right,” said Toad. “Let us eat one last cookie, and then we will stop.” Frog and Toad ate one last cookie.
There were many cookies left in the bowl. “Frog,” said Toad, “let us eat one very last cookie, and then we will stop.” Frog and Toad at one very last cookie.
“We must stop eating!” cried Toad as he ate another. “Yes,” said Frog, reaching for a cookie, “we need will power.” “What is will power?” asked Toad.
“Will power is trying hard not to do something that you really want to do,” said Frog.
“You mean like trying not to eat all of these cookies?” asked Toad. “Right,” said Frog.
Frog put the cookies in a box. “There,” he said. “Now we will not eat any more cookies.” “But we can open the box,” said Toad. “That is true,” said Frog.
Frog tied some string around the box. “There,” he said. “Now we will not eat any more cookies.” “But we can cut the string and open the box,” said Toad. “That is true,” said Frog.
Frog got a ladder. He put the box up on a high shelf. “There,” said Frog. “Now we will not eat any more cookies.” “But we can climb the ladder and take the box down from the shelf and cut the string and open the box,” said Toad. “That is true,” said Frog.
Frog climbed the ladder and took the box down from the shelf. He cut the string and opened the box.
Frog took the box outside. He shouted in a loud voice, “Hey birds, here are cookies!”
Birds came from everywhere. They picked up all the cookies in their beaks and flew away.
“Now we have no more cookies to eat,” said Toad sadly. “Not even one.”
“Yes,” said Frog, “but we have lots and lots of will power.” “You may keep it all, Frog,” said Toad. “I am going home now to bake a cake.”
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. | Romans 7:15 (nrsv)
- What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. | Romans 7:15 (the message)
In the story, Frog and Toad eat so many cookies that they fear they will become sick.
- Is there something that you like to eat or drink so much that you can’t stop yourself, even when you fear that you will get sick?
- If you know that eating so much of something will make you sick, why do you continue to eat it?
Frog defines will power as “trying hard not to do something that you really want to do.”
- How do you define will power?
- If you really want to do something, why would you try not to do it?
- Can part of you want to do something, while another part does not?
At the end of the story Frog says that they have lots and lots of will power because they want to eat more cookies but cannot because they have given them all away.
- Does something have to be tempting you in order for you to have will power?
- Do you have will power even when you are not using it?