Friday, 16 October 2009

Shake it off and step up

Sent to me by a dear sister of mine:

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the mule's distressing crys. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together and told them what had happened and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery. Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him (as if mules could think). It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up! This he did, blow after blow.

"Shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up, shake it off and step up!" he repeated to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows or how distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought "panic" and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up!

You're right! It wasn't long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him...all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

Moral of the story

This is the same with life. When we face our problems, respond to them positively and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness or self-pity.  The adversitites that come along to bury us usually also have the potential to benefit and bless us!

Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, praise, and hope are all excellent ways to "shake it off and step up" out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

I hope you were encouraged by this because I was!

1 Thessalonians 5:21 (New Living Translation)

But test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.

Brother Don

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