Shake it off and Step up

old mule in the well

A parable is told of a farmer who owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule ‘braying’ — or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule, but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving.Instead, he called his neighbors together and 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! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back…a thought struck him. It suddenly 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 distressing the situation seemed the old mule fought “panic” and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP!

You’re right! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well!


What seemed like it would bury him, actually blessed him… All because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. Hey, that’s life!

If we face our problems and respond to them positively and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity… the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us!

Remember that forgiveness — faith — prayer — praise and hope all are excellent ways to “shake it off and step up” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

1 thought on “Shake it off and Step up”

  1. AMEN!

    Faith Forgiveness Prayer Praise and HOPE-totally are all amazing! I have learned-later-and drastically that HE is able to change us-its in HIS WILL…and up to our FREE WILL. We have to step up-and surrender to His amazing love..why?

    Surrender to free love for life-gifts of Eternal Life..comfort joy and healing…He does so many amazing things…He is amazinig-to have changed me over the past decade-led me to Him through my tragic days brought on by my own lame choices-but turned into His Glory! And will be more amazed at anything in life…

    To Jesus – all be the GLORY..thru my weaknesses-He makes me strong-sharing His Word-His love…with others…
    He is amazing..and won’t ever stop being marveled…and in love with Him..

    God bless you..
    In His Grip,

    Hetty Siebens (Hetty4Christ) :)

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