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Shake it off, walk out on top
Pastor's corner
Pastor Richard Hayes
Rev. Richard Hayes
Once, a simple little song was written and it told the story of how a goat got caught in a well. After many failed attempts to rescue the animal, a decision was made to just bury the old goat in the well and count it as a loss. However, the more dirt the farmer threw in the well, the more the old goat would just shake it off and pack it under its feet. Eventually, the goat climbed out.
Life sometime throws a lot at us and leaves us overwhelmed. Bills are due and we’re unsure where the money is coming from. Marriages are stretched to the limit. Children are disrespectful and always in need. We’re frustrated on the job and vacations are few. Trouble seems to be coming from every direction, but we place our hope in our savior, Jesus Christ.
Those life trials are small stumbling blocks designed to knock us off track, but the battle really takes place in our minds.  
Ephesians 6:12 says we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world. We wrestle against spiritual wickedness in high places. And when we begin to realize the power that lies inside of us, we become the victor and not the victim.
The obstacles that life throws our way are not meant to make us throw in the towel, but to make us stronger. Our walk is by faith and not by sight. Not looking at what the natural eye can see, we keep our eyes on the prize, which is in Christ Jesus.
Dirt was thrown at the old goat in the song, but instead of just standing there and sinking he decided to shake it off and pack it under his feet. We must learn how to “take a licking and keep on ticking.” Shake off that bad attitude. Shake off those bad friends. Shake off those bad decisions. And shake off those bad circumstances. If God is for you, who can be against you?
When you have something of value, the enemy will come to kill, steal or destroy it. But the Bible says in Psalms 34:19 that many are the afflictions of the righteous. But the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
In the end, the old goat kept shaking off the dirt and packing it until soon he reached the top of the well and walked out of a bad situation. Shake off the haters and naysayers in your life. Keep your eyes on the prize and walk out on top knowing that we have the victory with Christ.

Hayes is the pastor of New Day Outreach Ministry and a member of The United Ministerial Alliance.
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