Yes, I said it! People choose not to make lemonade! Life is not always bubble gum and rainbows & I’m guessing if you are reading this you already know it. The God of the Bible, in whom I worship and serve, never promises life on this earth without conflicts. The Bible states many times when believers were persecuted but God prevailed every single time. Daniel in the lions den (Daniel 6), the fiery furnace (Daniel 3) and Job (the whole book). Each time these Christians believed and God delivered. It wasn’t easy, can you imagine being thrown into a den of lions? A fiery furnace? Allowing Satan to take away everything you have, your wealth, health & family? I cannot imagine that kind of fear however I know the fear I have in my daily life.
Life has handed me lemons, an entire flipping forty acres of lemons – as far as the eye can see! It’s called Myasthenia Gravis. Why do I have this? No one knows. What causes it? Not sure. Can I be cured? No, maybe who knows. Those are man’s answers. However, I serve a risen Savior who’s in the world today! I know that He is with me whatever men may say! I see His hand of mercy, I hear His voice of cheer and JUST the time I need Him He’s always near! You’re singing aren’t you? I did! He does live! I think sometimes we forget that. We get bogged down in life on this earth and we forget that we are not of this world, let me back up – if YOU have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and have a relationship with Him, YOU my brother or sister are not of this earthly world!
Not choosing to make lemonade shouldn’t be an option for you! Think of what lies ahead! I have my moments when I let life get me down, I am not perfect. In fact you will never hear me say that. I am flawed! Some moments I choose to wallow in self pity. Praise God those are getting to be fewer and farther apart! Life is what YOU choose to make it. That is right, YOU! Happy? Sad? Cheerful? Miserable? You hold that power. You also hold that power to turn people off to Jesus. Just a thought. Many times it hits me that I may have done something that turns someone away from the best gift ever given. It breaks my heart and I have to ask God to forgive me and try to make it right.
As we celebrate this gift giving season, remember the greatest gift of all -Jesus. He came to earth in the most vulnerable way, a baby. He gave his life so that we could live! So here is my challenge for you; whatever your situation, there is always someone in a worse one. Whatever your health, there is always someone sicker. What ever your financial status, there is always someone poorer. Life will give you lemons, just make lemonade…always make lemonade!
Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours! ~ Melynda