When Life Hands You Lemons

I like lemonade.  Especially on a hot and dusty day.  The sweetness is just enough to please my palate - the tartness is enough to cleanse it.  

But when life hands me lemons, I don't want lemonade.  I just want to chuck them at someone.  

The whole idea that life is suppose to be "sweet", is just messed up.  Don't get me wrong, I would love to enjoy a carefree life without any worries or problems.  The problem is, that's a problem.  It isn't real.  

If you desire to live the "sweet" life, you're just setting yourself up for a disaster.  The harder you try, the greater your disappointment.  Now I am not advocating that you lower your standards.  I am advocating that you take a realistic assessment of life and understand it's ups and downs.  So let's look at a few of them. 

Privileges are not rights.  We have the right to pursue happiness, we do not have the right to demand it.  If someone didn't make you happy, it's not their fault.  It's your own fault that you didn't choose to be happy. 

Work is necessary.  If Jesus had to work, so do you. 

Government can't fix anything.  Quit expecting the government to fix everything.  They are not God.  Do I have to say more?  

Nobody owes you anything.  The tighter you clench your fist, the more that squirts out.  If you want to have more, live life with an open hand.  

Life isn't fair.  Hasn't been since the garden of Eden, get over it.  

Well, as of right now you are either saying AMEN! (A fist in the air is ok here.) Or you are saying, I'M DEPRESSED! (At which time a face palm is acceptable.)  So what do you do? 

Let's start from the bottom and work our way up. 

Life isn't fair.  Still true, but think about this.  Jesus said that the world wouldn't be fair to us.   He also said that He would be just and right to us.  Would you rather have the world's praise or God's praise. 

Nobody owes you anything.  Still true, but Jesus paid the price for your sins so He could give you something.  Salvation.  It isn't fair - but it's free. 

Government can't fix anything.  Still true.  Being politically active isn't a sin.  Just don't hang the sun and the moon on your favorite politician.  They are just as human as you are.  

Work is necessary.  The easy way usually isn't the right way.  Don't be afraid of hard work and you'll discover a whole new world of opportunities. 

Privileges are not rights.  The problem here is simple.  Pride vs. Humility.  Prideful people say, "I deserve this!"  Humble people say, "I earn this."  Prideful people say, "I demand!"  Humble people say, "Please."


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