5 Simple Rules


"Jesus asked them, 'If your son or your ox falls into a well on a day of worship, wouldn't you pull him out immediately?'" – Luke 14:5

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 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 a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

MORAL: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. 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. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping -- never giving up! Shake it off and take a step closer to the Lord.

Remember the 5 simple rules to happiness:
1. Free your heart from hatred and forgive!
2. Free your mind from worries, for most of them never happen.
3. Live simply and appreciate all that God has given you.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less from people but more from yourself.

You have two choices in life . . . smile and live in the blessings of the Lord, or don’t! I hope you choose God and His blessings!

Lord, help me to never be so deep in the well of life, that I cannot shake off the dirt being thrown upon me and stake a step closer to you. Amen.
Sep 22 2018