Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Job 4:8

As I have observed, those who plow evil and those who sow trouble reap it.

Shake It Off

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal tried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later,the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed at the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone.

This story teaches us to never quit when the chips are down spiritually. Always take what is thrown to you, shake it off, and use it to your advantage. Step up with it.

Remember these five rules for happiness:
Give more,
Free your heart from hatred,
Free your mind from worries,
and Live simply

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