Thursday, May 17, 2012

When life gives you lemons...

Many years ago a preacher went to the World’s Fair. From a distance he saw a man pumping water with one of those old hand pumps. The water was pouring out and he said as he looked, “That man is really pumping water.” However, when he got closer, he discovered that it was a wooden man connected to a pump powered by electricity. The man was not pumping the water, the water was pumping him.

I’m sure all of us have felt the same way. We find ourselves controlled by problems, pressures and the perplexities of life.

I read of a counseling center’s hotline voicemail message that correctly sums up how we often feel. “Thank you for calling. If you are obsessive-compulsive press one repeatedly. If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press two for you. If you have multiple personalities please press 4, 5 and 6. If you are paranoid or delusional, remember, we know who you are, even while you’re on hold; we have been tracing this call. If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully to the little voice and it will tell you what number to push. If you are manic-depressive it doesn’t matter what number you press, no one is going to answer. Have a good day!"

The Bible is full of people who persevered through adversity. Job said it best when he said, “Man born of woman is few of days and full of trouble.”

I’m sure many reading this today are in the midst of some adversity. It is a fact of life. My Mama used to say “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Hang tough and persevere. You can’t stop a man that won’t quit!

Our fathers were such a people. May we follow their example.

See ya Sunday!

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