March 3, 2010

Make Your Lemonade

Some years ago, when I was about 15 years old, the walls and ceiling of my bedroom were covered with posters. It was a ‘masterful display’ of my pictures, saying, and mementos that reminded me of my favorite things. One particular poster was positioned very near my ceiling so that whenever I looked up from my bed, I could always see it. It read: When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemonade.

I always wondered why I liked that saying. I used to think it was because I was an optimistic or positive thinker. But now I thoughtfully ascribe it to something more: It is the perspective that is necessary to achieve and operate in the world with a Kingdom mindset—and therefore, with Kingdom victory. Futhermore, it is the posture of a value system that says: whatever is in me, has the power to create something good out of something that is not so good. In this, it is not just a perspective, but a value system that causes us to understand that no matter what confronts us, our intrinsic value is such that we are able to change our situation because of our value—because of who we are in the image of God and what our purpose is in the Kingdom of God.

The value system necessary to succeed in the things of God has not so much (if anything) to do with what we can do, but moreso with Who we know made us and for what purposes we were made. This value system has everything to do with Whose Hands we are in, and because we value those Hands, we also value ourselves and our God-given ability to agree (line up) with the values of the Kingdom.

Indeed, life has given us lemons, but it takes good lemons to make good lemonade. Make your lemonade.

“Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22 (AMP)