The saying goes, “When life deals you a lemon, make lemonade.”
It is true, but how does one go from dealing with lemons to making lemonade?
Remember these things:
First, rise above the criticism. People will look down on you. Make it hard for them to do so. Prove your critics wrong. The apostle Peter writes, “...Keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.” (1 Peter 3:16)
Second, conquer self-pity. Self-pity is born out of self-concern. For some, when life deals them a lemon, it is an excuse for having a “pity party.” Don’t!
The advice of Jesus Christ is still the best, “...If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Matthew 16:24)
Finally, never give up. Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. The man who wins is the one who thinks he can. In my office are these words:
“If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.”
Never give up!
The apostle Paul says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
Paul never quit, nor should we!
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org