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  • A Parable

    4 posts, 4 voices, 750 views, started Feb 4, 2009

    Posted on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by Denise Richardson


    • Diamond

      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 ‘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!
      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.
      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 that 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!


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