Hello everyone! One of my favourite stories is the story of a farmer whose mule fell into a well. Since there was no way to get him out, the farmer decided to bury him there. But the mule had a different idea. Initially, when the shovels of dirt started landing on his back, he became hysterical. Then this thought struck him; “Just shake it off, and step on it. So he did.” Hour after hour, as the dirt fell on him, he kept telling himself, “Just shake it off, and step on it!”
No matter how much dirt they threw on him, he just kept shaking it off and stepping on it, until finally, he stepped triumphantly out of the well. Life will either bury you or bless you; the difference lies in having the right attitude. When they throw dirt on you, and they will just shake it off, and step on it. Use it as fertilizer and grow stronger.
Jesus said, “offences will come …” (Luke 17:1). So, expect them. People will take from you, without ever giving back. They’ll criticize you for simply rising above your beginnings. When you decide to seize the moment and move ahead, you’ll leave others behind and some of them won’t be too happy about it. The only way to avoid that is to do nothing and stay where you are!
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, ” No one can make you feel inferior without your consent”. You see, what’s important is not what others say about you, but what you say about yourself after they get through talking. Kenneth Tynan says, “Critics are people who think they know the way; the problem is, they can’t drive the car”. When you understand that, it enables you to love them, forgive them, and keep moving ahead.
David said, ” The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree”( Psalm 92:12). If you need motivation, take another look at the palm tree. You can cut it, but you can’t kill it. The minerals and nutrients most trees need to survive are found just below the bark, so when you cut them they die. But not the palm tree. Its life comes from its heart, so it thrives even under attack.
The tree bends but it won’t break. Tropical storms can blow most trees away, but not the palm tree. It’s resilient. It bends all the way to the ground, yet when the storm is over it straightens up again and is actually stronger in the place where it bent. You, my dear, was made to bend not break. God gives us the strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into the joy that ripples.
Chuck Swindoll writes, “Somebody needs to address the other side of the Christian life. If for no other reason than to uphold reality, we need to be told that difficulty and pressure are part of the course. No amount of biblical input, deeper life conferences, or super- victory seminars will exempt you from the struggles.
You know what? Ask guys like Job, Joseph, Daniel, Paul, Mark Zuckerberg, Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfred, Taraji P. Henson and so on and you’ll become acquainted with an ancient word that has almost disappeared in this generation of splashy, always grinning, a miracle – a- day spirituality “ Perseverance”. I know of no better partner to dance with when you’re doing the three -steps – forward and two – steps – back number.
It is in the tough times that true character is forged. It’s when the bottom drops out, and life tries to pound you into a corner of doubt and unbelief, that you need what perseverance produces: willingness to accept whatever comes, determination to stand firm, and the insight to see God in it all. You may feel discouraged at the moment, but you’re not finished.
Can you think of one quitter, just one, whoever accomplished anything worthwhile?😊 Storms come for a reason and they also come for a season. Discover the reason and become wiser. Outlast the season and become strong. But Never quit!
Blessings and Love
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