Monday, October 15, 2012

Shake It Off and Step Up!~ Day 15 {Make. It. Count.}


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. He then 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. And, 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 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 because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.
~Author Unknown

Dirt.

It's hard to go through life without getting it thrown on us or at us.

And yet, when it comes flying in our direction, like the mule, we have a choice to make.

We can choose to allow
 the hurts,
the insults,
the setbacks,
and pits of this life to swallow us alive,

 or we can use these

hardships,
challenges,
blessings in disguise to be the very stepping stool we need to lift us up out of our situation.


God always has a purpose.  God always has a plan.

Sometimes, the plan is simply this:
Shake it off, and step up!


Heavenly Father,
We stumble and fall.
We let the hard times in life get the best of us. 
We allow others to throw "guilt" on us, and often, we throw it on ourself. 
We listen to the lies of the accuser, Satan, (Rev 12:10) and lie down under the weight of our failure. 
We feel like giving up, throwing in the towel, calling it quits. 

Help us to remember, You are here.  You have a plan. 
You can take our failures, our trials and our setbacks and use them to lift us up to new life in You. Through Your redemptive love, our struggles become a way for us to share You with others,
helping to lift them out of the pits of life, too.

With You, Father God,
our mess becomes our message. 
Our test becomes our testimony

Help us to not ever give up,
but to "throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.". (Hebrews 12:1-3)
In Jesus' name, Amen~








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