As I wrap up my first semester of my LC journey, I am reminded of the life change and growth that has happened over the last several months. It’s been a time of reflection, thankfulness, and JOY!
My favorite part of my job is mentoring young women and helping them be the best they can be – exuding confidence and contagious joy! Obstacles (or hidden blessings) are GOOD, and I want the world to know. I’ve seen sisters who feel like they cannot hurdle challenges, and I love being the one to tell them, you CAN! One of my favorite preachers, Joyce Meyer, tells a story that has illustrated this point well in many sermons. I know it’s a message we can all gather meaning from. I’m going to call it the Donkey Story.
There was an old donkey on a farm who was playing outside and enjoying the beautiful day. The donkey was running and accidentally fell into a pit. The moaning and groaning of the donkey grabbed the attention of the farmer who was on the porch. When the farmer reached the pit and witnessed what had happened to his old donkey, he decided the donkey was old and the pit needed to be filled anyway, so he attempted to fill the pit. The donkey moaned with every pile of dirt that beat against his head. Shovel after shovel, the donkey grew more tired and began to give up trying to scramble out. All of the sudden the groaning stopped, and the donkey stood up on top of the pile of dirt tossed in by the farmer. The next shovel full, the donkey shook the dirt off and got on top of it. The next one, the donkey shook off and stood on top again. This happened until the mound got so high that the donkey hopped out of the pit stronger and more joyful then he was before.
What kind of dirt is getting shoveled on you? Is it piling up on your shoulders? Do you need to shake it off and rise on top of it?
Bottom line: Life is going to throw dirt on us. We get to decide to shake it off. You see, the pit is only as deep as you make it. The pit is only as lonely, as unflattering, as unclean as you allow it to be. Get on top of it! You have SO much power and so much energy – where are you spending it? Don’t just sit there and wait for someone to throw a rope for you, because chances are it will not happen. Take initiative for yourself and get out.
Go be amazing today and get out of the pit.