SHAKE IT OFF
There’s a story of an old dog that fell into a farmer’s well. After assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the dog but decided neither the dog nor the well were worth the trouble. Instead he decided to bury the old dog in the well and put him out of his misery.
When the farmer began shoveling, initially the old dog was hysterical. But as the farmer continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It 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 how distressing the situation seemed, the old dog fought panic and just kept shaking it off and stepping up! It was not long before the dog, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed as though it would bury him actually benefited him—all because of the way he handled his adversity.
If we respond to problems positively, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity, the adversities that come to bury us may actually bless us! Praise is just one of the biblical ways to “shake it off and step up” out of the holes in which we get trapped.
All of us, at one time or another, have felt that life is unfair. Even little things can get us down. For some people, however, life has dealt some especially bitter blows. For them, life has seemed particularly cruel.
Shake it off, and step up.