Shake it off

By Jimmy Cochran


In the words of the singer, Taylor Swift:

“Cause the players gonna play, And the haters gonna hate, Baby, I’m just gonna shake it off, Heart-breakers gonna break, And the fakers gonna fake, Baby, I’m just gonna shake it off.”
(“1989,” Swift, Martin, and Shellback. 2014)

In the words of an unknown writer:

“One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided that since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey and began to shovel dirt into the well.

At first, the donkey realized what was happening and began to bray loudly, and then he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. The donkey would shake the dirt off his back and take a step up. As the farmer continued to shovel in the dirt, the donkey would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, to the farmer’s astonishment, the donkey stepped over the edge of the well and trotted off.”

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the hole is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is just a stepping stone and we can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping, never giving up. Shake it off and take a step up.
•Free your heart from hatred.
•Free your mind from worries.
•Live simply.
•Give more.
•Expect less.

The news these days are full of crime … shootings, drugs, abductions, home invasions, international turmoil, and on and on. We feel discouraged about trying to share the message of Christ and His Love because the nonbelievers seem more intent on not believing and aren’t afraid to blast you away with their words or the slam of the door. So, we begin to wonder “what is the use? It’s so discouraging!”

Our world recently lost a powerful voice for the Christian people in the Rev. Billy Graham. He spoke unapologetically and powerfully about the simple message that “God Loves You.” I’m sure Dr. Graham was rejected many times, but he did not ever give up until the day he passed into his new life in heaven. So, why are we so afraid when we are rejected for sharing God? When we allow ourselves to get stuck in that deep well and can’t get out? Well, we need to do what the donkey did. Shake it off and take another step up.

The writer Timothy wrote that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 2:7)

So, then, why do we act so timid and shy about telling others? We have the best news in the world and don’t boldly share it? Sure, you may be rejected, made fun of, laughed at, but you are doing what Christ commanded us to do.

I’m tired of quietly disagreeing with distortions of the Bible and message of God. God is not my heavenly Mother, God is not a “She, Dude, or Bro,” God is not going to welcome you into heaven if you’ve simply been good (and not truly accepted Him in your heart and live for Him), God wants us to regularly fellowship with other believers in a Christ-honoring place, God does not like foul language and behavior. I’m shaking it off and stepping up.

Jesus said, “And whoever will not accept you or your message, then depart and shake the dust from your feet.” (Matthew 10:14 NKJ) Shake it off and step up and keep going.

Time is short, folks, and from this point on, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” and will do my part to spread His Word and His Love wherever I go and I encourage you to take this journey with me.

And for today my friends, this has been the gospel according to Jimmy.

Jimmy Cochran is a resident of McDonough, a musician, a minister and the author of Being God’s and Staying God’s, both available at Being God’s is also available at Moye’s Pharmacy in McDonough.