SHAKE IT OFF AND STEP UP
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. ROMANS 12:21
THE PARABLE IS TOLD OF an old dog that fell into a farmer’s well. After assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the dog but decided that neither the dog nor the well were worth the trouble of saving. Instead he planned to bury the old dog in the well and put him out of his misery.
When the farmer began shoveling, the old dog was hysterical at first. But as the farmer continued shoveling and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck the dog. It dawned on him that every time a shovelful of dirt landed on his back he could 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 hopeless the situation seemed, the old dog just kept shaking it off and stepping up. It wasn’t 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.
The same is true for us, in a sense. We have a choice in how we handle adversity. We can roll over and let the problem bury us. Or we can do our best to shake it off, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self-pity. Of course, rarely if ever can we see the potential blessing of our problems while we’re suffering through them. But more often than not, blessings are exactly what our struggles turn out to be.
Of course, as a couple you have the opportunity to help each other through the tough times. You can help one another to prayerfully “shake it off.” Can you recall a time, right now, when you have actually done that for each other? If you are struggling through a dark time these days, commit to “[conquering] evil by doing good” to one another, encouraging one another to step up.
Every trial endured and weathered in the right spirit makes a soul nobler and stronger than it was before. –JAMES BUCKHAM
Taken from Love Talk Devotional For Couples by Les and Leslie Parrott – March 27th Entry.