A Lesson in Life Story

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.

Donkey in the Well

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him fill the well with dirt. 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 and was astonished at what he saw. With every 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 trotted off!

donkey in pasture

An Inspirational Life Lesson from a Donkey

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 stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up!

Shake it off and take a step up!

The Religious Donkey

A man bought a donkey from a preacher. The preacher told the man that this donkey had been trained in a very unique way (being the donkey of a preacher). The only way to make the donkey go, is to say "Hallelujah!" and the only way to make the donkey stop, is to say "Amen!"
 
The man was pleased with his purchase and immediately got on the animal to try out the preacher's instructions.
 
Hallelujah!" shouted the man. The donkey began to trot.
"Amen!" shouted the man. The donkey stopped immediately.
 
"This is great!", said the man. With a "Hallelujah," he rode off very proud of his new purchase. The man traveled for a long time through some mountains.

riding donkey on high mountain pass
Soon he was heading towards a cliff. He could not remember the word to make the donkey stop.
 
"Stop," said the man. "Halt!" he cried. The donkey just kept going. "Oh, no... 'Bible!... Church!... Please Stop!!" shouted the man. The donkey just began to trot faster... and he was getting closer and closer to the edge of the cliff.
 
Finally, in desperation, the man said a prayer... "Please, Dear Lord. Please make this donkey stop before I go off the edge of this mountain, in Jesus' name, AMEN."
 
The donkey came to an abrupt stop just one step from the edge of the cliff.
 
"HALLELUJAH!" shouted the man.





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