“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!”
How often have we heard this motivational slogan? It’s that don’t-quit-in-adversity mentality. It’s the you-can-do-it mindset. It’s also Biblical.
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
“For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked fall into mischief” (Proverbs 24:16).
“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and how to abound: every where, and in all things, I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:11-13).
Of course, some folks only focus on how sour the lemons are without realizing their potential benefit. Such souls see only obstacles, never opportunities. “All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast” (Proverbs 15:15).
Which are you?
Are you the person that is so ugly that when you were born, the doctor slapped your mother? Were you so unlucky as a child that your rocking horse died? Are you the fellow that visited a psychiatrist & was then scheduled to be tested for an inferiority complex, only to be told, “We have good news & bad news: the good news is that you do not have a complex, but the bad news is that you really are inferior”?
That’s a lot of adversity: a lot of sour lemons. And while these may seem like laughably unrealistic extremes, these lemony scenarios nevertheless demand the question: can these lemons be juiced?
A nephew of Deion Sanders had come into hard times, so he wrote his wealthy & famous uncle to ask for a short-term loan, knowing his uncle’s reputation for generosity. However, annoyed that the young man would ask for money without the two having seen or spoken to one another for years, the Hall of Famer uncle replied with a chilly note to his nephew, bluntly recommending that he earn money through his own diligence.
How did the nephew react? Did he see this as the ultimate rejection from his greatest potential source of help, or did he do something with those lemons?
The young man put the letter on the open market & sold it for a thousand dollars!
He made lemonade!
Are sour scenarios causing your face to look like you’ve been sucking lemons? Back up, take a look at your tart troubles, & see if those lemons can’t be squeezed for all that they are worth.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget how Paul squeezed, strained, & sweetened the lemons in his life: “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
Let’s make some lemonade!