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Once, a farmer owned an old donkey. The donkey fell into the farmer's well. The farmer heard the donkey praying or whatever donkeys do when they fall into wells. After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the donkey, but decided that neither the donkey nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what had happened, and enlisted them to help tow dirt to bury the old donkey in the well and put him out of his misery. 
Initially the old donkey was out of control! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck the donkey. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he would 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 donkey fought panic and just kept right on SHAKING IT OFF AND STEPPING UP! It wasn't long before the old donkey, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well! What seemed like it would bury him actually helped him, all because of the manner in which he handled his adversity. THAT'S LIFE! 
Dear friends, whenever you face problems in life, do not give up but respond to them positively, one at a time, and refuse to give in to panic, bitterness or self-pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the very real potential to benefit us!
"Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up." (Galatians 6:9).


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