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Archive for December 29th, 2013

In Deep Trouble

As I awoke this morning with a pounding headache, my first thoughts were pain relievers … and that I had not prepared a post for today!

I have taken the past month off from writing … the longest I had gone before was about three days. I had awoke one morning frustrated by certain happenings in my life, and thought that I was empty of anything of value to share.

So, I stopped.

At first I missed it, but I had gotten myself into a bit of a funk in the way I was thinking, and each day I allowed my ‘hopeless situation’ and self-deprecating thoughts to bury me into a mire of apathy.

Then I recently realized what I was missing. My time writing is usually also part of my quiet time with God, with His word. These words on a screen are the outcome of working through God’s words in my life, and without the finger-tapping on the keys, there was less connection to the one who could pull me out of the pit.

Today’s guest post comes from Cheryl Zelenka, from her blog Weeping into Dancinging. She shared an old story, one with great teaching.

“I came across this story and had to share it with you. Life has both good and bad times but there is always HOPE. Hold on to your faith! Trust that God will provide the strength, ideas, friends, and means to bring you through your  trial or testing. He is all you need!

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried 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. 

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. He was astonished at what he saw. With each 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 as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off! 

MORAL :

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 steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy: 

1. Free your heart from hatred – Forgive. 

2. Free your mind from worries – Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have. 

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

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