There's an old story (probably apocryphal, but generically true) about a horse that fell in a hole in the ground. The cowboys, according to one account, had no pistols with them, but didn't want to leave the horse to suffer, so they decided to bury it alive. Each scoop of dirt they threw in, the horse just shook off his back & stamped it under his feed. Before long, the hole was shallow enough that the horse leapt out and was free!

Sometimes welt-meaning folks will try to bury you or your reputation, through loose and ungrounded talk. Yet, the real "thoroughbred Christian" will shake it off, snort a little, and stomp it under his feet until he's able to get out of the disadvantageous situation!

Joseph, the Bible says, forgave his brethren with the comment that God had made what they meant for evil to turn out for the good. Paul, the Bible relates, knew some very rough times, but it was he who made one of my favorite statements: "And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28) I like to to keep spiritual company with folks like Paul and Joseph, especially since I have been in a few big, deep holes myself! How about you? You gonna let 'em bury you or you gonna get outta there?