Some Of The Greatest Achievements Come From The Dirt


There is a story, I was told recently by Keith Craft about a farmer who owned an old mule, and one day the mule fell into the farmer’s well.

Now since my early 20’s I have lived by affirmations, I love to live a positive life. Sometimes however life gets on top of us, these trials & tests cover try to consume our thoughts in negativity. Staying negative doesn’t resolve the situation however, it just extends the time you have to endure during those trials / tests.

When I heard this story voiced – it was as if it was spoken to me, so much relevance as to a particular season I was going through at that time, I hope that this story comes at the RIGHT time for you too!

When you get hit with dirt, shake it off and step up – Keep going

The Story Of The Farmer & His Mule

The farmer heard the mule braying – unable to get out of the well – and after assessing the situation, the farmer decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbours together, 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 (as you can well imagine), but as the farmer and his neighbours continued shovelling the dirt on the mule’s back, the mule responded rather than just standing there. Every time a shovel load of dirt landed on the mule’s back, he would shake it off and step up!

This the mule did, shovelful after shovelful – shaking the dirt off and stepping up…shaking the dirt off and stepping up…shaking the dirt off and stepping up. The mule continued to do this despite how painful the blows of dirt were, or how distressing the situation seemed. The old mule fought panic and just kept right on shaking the dirt off and stepped up again and again.

It wasn’t long before the farmer realized what was happening, and shortly after the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well.

What seemed like what would bury him actually helped him…all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity.

In the story above, the mule refused to let life dictate his response and rather chose to make the most of his situation to come out on top (literally and figuratively)

What adversity we might face in this life is really just momentary, compared to what God desires for us – remember that the next time you face a painful trial and remember to keep stepping up until you can walk over those walls!

Life can seem full of trouble, can’t it? It can seem that there is conflict in our jobs, our families, our neighbourhoods, our national politics and even our churches. Why should there be so much adversity? Most conflict comes from a selfish outlook, a way that seems right to us (Proverbs 16:25) God allows adversity in our life, in part, to see how we will handle it. If life was predictable and easy, what would we learn and why would we look to God? We should consider adversity in light of Ecclesiastes 7:14 (CEV), “When times are good, you should be cheerful; when times are bad, think what it means. God makes them both to keep us from knowing what will happen next.” Do we have adversity then just so God can keep us off guard? No, God wants us to look to Him and to trust Him in our life, and adversity can help to keep us humble (Zephaniah 3:12). The adversity in our life that takes away what we might value in this life, God promises to restore a hundredfold (Matthew 19:29) when we become part of Gods family.




UCG: by Dan Dowd


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