Growing stronger through adversity

Growing stronger through adversity

Do you ever join me in feeling like when you take one step forward, someone or some thing pushes you two steps backward? Not a good feeling, is it? Perhaps we need to look at our adversities or hard places from a different viewpoint. It is most often in these times in our lives that God is “growing us” to become people He can and will use to do His will here on earth.

A friend shared a great little story with me that advances this point of view. I decided I’d like to share it with our readers.

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 attempt to retrieve the 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 another step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off to eat and drink and visit with his friends on the farm.

It may seem that life is shoveling dirt on you, all kinds of dirt, or perhaps even worse. 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 if we learn to view it that way. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up. Shake it off and take a step up. Let’s learn from the donkey on the farm.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred — Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries — Most things you worry about never happen.

3. Live simply and truly appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people and more from God.

Brenda Cannon Henley can be reached at (409) 781-8788.