“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'. In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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When Life Gives You Lemons~and it Will!!!

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade is what we have all been told. What then do you make of life when it gives you truth revealed through misery, separation, loneliness, and misuse? What do you do when you start looking so deep into humanity that you can feel the weight of all their sufferings landing on your shoulders? What do you say to the lost and hurting, when you yourself hurt too because they are lost, because they are hurting? At what point do you throw in the towel and accept defeat, because this world just continues to fall and you’re not strong enough to catch it? When should you intervene and take control, demand that the world just silences itself for two-minutes and pay attention to the wisdom you might possess?
How do you even make lemonade? Well, this life would be too easy if all we had to do was to make lemonade. We would be fortunate enough that the lemons have already been given to us; we just need to know how to turn something bitter into something refreshing. Just making a drink though out of the inner fruit, puts to waste the majority of the fruit you have been given. Are you just looking at the pile of fruit and wondering where to begin? I have too, but I think I have been blessed with some insight to making a drink fit for a King!
First, observe the situation, sure it looks like a big pile of same thing over and over, you know that you are going to have to cut to the center of these problems and squeeze out the liquid core (the base of the problem) the main ingredient into improving bitterness. So start by again observing the outside of the issues that you has been dealt. Take the lemon, begin scratching the surface, breaking down its protective barrier, collect it, because the beginning of a broken soul will be the zest that brings flavor to the food you will soon find so satisfying. Identify which side the problem grew from and where it ended up, these are the ends of the fruit that once exposed, should be cut away and discarded, they are history, they are pain, and they are garbage!
Next, you are at a layer of delicate tissue that will begin to crumble in your fingers, it doesn’t have a use, but it will allow you to see the softness that was hiding behind that tough outer texture. Peel it away, piece by piece; study it well, because you will never be able to appreciate the bitter core without finding the pleasant texture that was hidden behind that outer shell. Continue this process through each and every issue until you have a pile of peeled away problems, anxieties, confusions, fears, and challenges.
Now it is time to get to work, take each and every issue one at a time, and extract everything from them. Exert every drop you can, this is a bitter fruit, that is about to flourish into something amazing. In your hands you now hold the veins that connected all these problems, look closely, see how they are all unique, yet all the same, it is just a web, a trap, a structure for defeat, this too is garbage, but not to be discarded before taking a close note as to what it looks like, it will help you identify problems easier in the future.
You have now extracted every problem, but you still have collected a lot of pulp, a handful of sticky seeds. These need to be filtered off, carefully strain off the remnants, rinse them off with a fresh spring of water, the pulp will disappear, set the seeds to the side, they need to be separated, cured and stored properly, some of them are rewarding and promise to produce great growth in the future. Finally, take the lemon juice, the bitter nourishment that seemed so unfair before, so worthless at one point. Now, pour out love and sweetness from every source you can, from friendship, from love, from God! Allow this to chill for a while, let it sink in and even on the most miserable days you will find refreshment from your past, from your problems.
Finally, before you sit down and enjoy how your problems, your friends’ issues and hurts have been concocted into something wonderful, go back to the early steps. Take that zest that peel, use it to flavor a rewarding dessert; for their toughness has now became that surprising taste that will bring to life bland days and make them pop with enjoyment. Above all things, allow God to be the chef in your kitchen, when He allows you to suffer or to help those suffering, take His wonderful advice, help Him expose the wonderful gift hidden in all of us. Even in our pain, we are Children of the Greatest God, one beyond comprehension. Drink it up my friends, it is a beautiful thing!

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“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep'. In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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