The Rushmore Report: Five Frogs on a Log


Five frogs were sitting on a log. Two decided to jump off. So how many remained on the log? If you said three, you would be wrong. The answer is five.

Here’s why. Deciding to jump off the log is not the same thing as jumping off the log.

In 12-step work, addicts come to step three with the hope of lasting change. It says “we made a decision to turn our lives and wills over to God as we understood God.” But the key is step seven, which says “we turned our lives over to God.”

Success in life is not about making the right decisions. It’s all about follow-through.

A recent study confirms that 58 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. But only 9.2 percent say they were successful in accomplishing their New Year’s resolutions. Deciding and doing are not the same thing.

One of my favorite hymns in my teen years was I Have Decided to Follow Jesus. But the greatest thing I did in my teen years was to actually follow Jesus. 

Solomon wrote, “Better is the end of a thing than its beginning” (Ecclesiastes 7:8).

So go ahead and make right decisions. That’s the “beginning” Solomon wrote about. There can be no end without a beginning. But don’t mistake the beginning (decision) for success. It’s what you do after the decision that counts.

Five frogs sat on the log. Two decided to jump off. What happens next is all that really matters.


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