SHAKE IT OFF

Have you all ever read the old parable about the donkey and the well?
If not, here it is…

~A donkey fell down into a well that a farmer had accidentally left uncovered. The donkey cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, the farmer decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, so he got
his neighbors to come over and help cover the well with dirt. 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. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit the donkey’s back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As they continued to throw dirt on the well, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up.
Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!~

Now that donkey had a choice. He could’ve continued to cry and be a victim in his own story, but he didn’t. He chose to come out victorious.
There are times in our lives where we are going to feel just like that donkey – trapped and buried! That’s life! Life is going to do exactly what the farmer and his neighbors did- SHOVEL DIRT ON YOU! People will count you out and people will do anything in their power to bring you down!…..but just like that donkey, you can rise above it!
The parable says that the donkey eventually quieted as they continue to throw dirt. Hmmmmm
That donkey was smart enough to realize that he had to come up with another plan.
Stop responding to negativity in the expected way. Use the “dirt” life throws at you to build your “escape plan.” The donkey used the very same thing that was used to decrease him as a strategy to increase him! But GOD!!!!!!!

You can rise above anything that life brings with God! For each shovel of dirt that life throws your way, SHAKE IT OFF and take a step upward. What happens to you is not nearly as important as how you respond!

~Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how you respond.~

SHAKE IT OFF!!

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