I was reminded at the thanksgiving service for Maria White of one of my father’s favourite expressions, which he’d picked up from an author he particularly enjoyed, Dale Carnegie: “If you have a lemon, make a lemonade”. In essence this advice is all about seeking to produce sweetness, goodness out of situations, even a lifetime, of sourness, difficulty.
The key thing missing in this advice is, however, the fact that, to create lemonade from a lemon, a significant quantity of sugar must be added! I trust you can spot the spiritual parallels – challenging circumstances of whatever nature should not prevent us from being of great blessing to others, so long as our lives are open to all the sweetness of God’s grace. For example, Paul is able to write to the Ephesians: “Although I am less than the least of all God’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ” (3v8). Notice also that the lovely qualities listed in Galatians 5v22,23 are the fruit of the Spirit produced in our lives.
So, how’s your lemonade making or are you still a sour lemon?!
Peace and Grace
PS: Another of my father’s Carnegie sayings was “You can’t saw sawdust” – again, can you see the spiritual application?