Lemon or Lemonade

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When things don’t go the way we planned, we can either turn to depression, defeat and disappointment, or we can ask God how this might be used for something good.

This happened recently to Robin Rogers, a professor at New York’s Queens College. She and her fiancé, George Overholser, were planning to get married. She had already put down a $3,500 deposit for her reception. All of a sudden she and George called off the wedding.

Now Dr. Rogers did not want to lose her $3,500 deposit. Instead of going and having a pity party over the fact that the marriage wouldn’t take place, she began to think how that money could be used to help somebody else. She organized a $100-per-person fundraiser for the Greenpoint Reformed Church’s soup kitchen.

Dr. Rogers turned her $3,500 deposit and her canceled wedding into a $10,000 donation to feed the hungry. She said, “I feel great. When something doesn’t work out, it’s sad, but I’m really glad we got something good out of it.”

Life does have a lot of tough situations. How we handle the situation is very important. God has a way of turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones. He has a way of taking burdens and changing them into blessings.

Paul wrote “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) He wrote “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstance I am.” (Philippians 4:11)

Joseph was left for dead by his brothers. They hated him. Later circumstances changed and Joseph saved his family from famine. He said “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result.” (Genesis 50:20)

What are you facing today in which you might be a bit disappointed? How are you going to let God help you use it? The events of life can either make you bitter or better.

God takes lemons and makes lemonade!

What are you willing to let God do with your life’s events?

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