SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule.¬† The mule fell into the farmer’s well, and the¬†farmer heard the mule “braying” or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

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. 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 distressing
the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on shaking
it off and stepping up!

It was not long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed like would bury him, actually blessed him…all
because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, and refuse to give
in to panic, bitterness or self-pity…the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us!

Remember forgiveness-faith-prayer-praise and hope…. All are excellent ways to “shake it
off and step up”, out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

One more thing…”never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the titanic.”

Have an AWESOME Day.

Jon.

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