© 2017 by Tom Mercer


That's One Smart Donkey!

January 5, 2018

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again, rejoice!  —Philippians 4:4


“Dear Lord, so far today, I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped and I haven’t lost my temper. I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish or overindulgent. I’m very thankful for that, Lord. But in a few minutes, I’m going to get out of bed. And, from then on, I’m probably going to need a lot of help.”


The world is a convoluted muddle of imperfect people. Things happen and, as they say, those things can really add up! The problem is, they don’t add up—they compound one another.


In a statistician’s world, it’s just a matter of simple math.


Take your already frustrating physical limitations and multiply them by your emotional limitations, then by your mental limitations, and then by your financial limitations. Then take whatever that factors out to be and multiply it by all of those same statistical limitations that everyone else around you will bring into your experience today. The bottom line tells all of us that today, like every other day, has the potential to be pretty jacked up.


You’re probably thinking, “And I clicked on this link to be encouraged?” Well, actually, yes. I haven’t gotten to the mule yet.


There’s an old parable that teaches us all how to respond, when we’re dealt a bad hand.


One day an old mule fell into a ditch and couldn’t get out. Too old to be any good to the farmer anyway, the farmer decided the best way to deal with the situation was to simply bury him right then and there, in the ditch! This, of course, didn’t make the mule very happy. But after a few shovelfulls of dirt were dumped on his back, he figured something out. He could get out of the ditch by simply shaking the dirt off his back each time another shovel-full came down and then take a step up.


So, step up and make it a great day.


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