When life throws you lemons make lemonade. How many time have we heard that? If you are like me, a lot of the time your response is “yeah right”. I decided I would look a little deeper for a biblical response this month instead of just saying yeah right and moving on.
Each of us has our own version of trouble. Things that affect you may not bother me, but things that bother me, may be nothing to you. As Brent is fond of saying “Don’t borrow trouble” and the closely related “don’t worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for is self. Each day has enough trouble of its own….” Matthew6:34. Now that does not mean we are not to plan for tomorrow and just let stuff happen.
When troubles arise, my first thought should be something like Philippians 4:6 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, and thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” That can be hard to do if I am not dwelling on the things of God and I am worried about things of this earth (Colossians 3:2). It is much easier to deal with trouble when you are concerned with Gods’ will and not so much with your own will.
I should also remember what Paul learned. “….I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” Philippians 4:11. I know this is much easier to say than it is to do. As we read and study God’s word we will find it easier to deal with the lemons that come our way. This is my plan for dealing with whatever life throws at me.
-I need to keep my sites on Godly things and not the things of this world.
-Don’t worry about tomorrow’s issues. They will be there for me to take care of tomorrow. I need to concentrate on what is going on today. (Remember that is not ignoring the things I have to do today to plan for tomorrow. More on that in another article. )
-And lastly I need to learn (practice) being content with the way things are now. Not how I would like them to be. That is not to say I have to stay in the situation I am in, just to not let it overwhelm me.
In his service,
“There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die… a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…” Proverbs 3:1-2a & 4)
It’s easy and natural to welcome new births, but it’s difficult to accept the deaths of people we care about. We’re blessed to live in an era when it’s possible to live long lives. The longer we love someone, the deeper the loss we feel at their death.
When we become a Christian, we begin a new life, of eternal hopes and love. It’s a profound change of our worldview, in our thinking and goals. We seek God’s kingdom, instead of building our own here. We thank God for His blessings here, as we eagerly anticipate His eternal blessings.
Yet some Christians either fear death, or cling desperately to life. Why? It may be the fear of leaving the known for the unknown. It may be the difficulty of leaving family and friends who we love. Or it may be the fear of not having prepared financially, relationally or spiritually.
Paul wrote of himself, “I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed , but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Philippians 1:20-21; See also Galatians 2:20) .........
From Ashes to Beauty
In our house we are avid Harry Potter fans. I know this series of books has been a source of controversy due to its subject matter concerning the topic of wizardry and magic. I want to say that Harry Potter is a work of fiction, dealing with the ongoing fight between Good and Evil.
Initially, I read these books with my son Michael when he was in 3rd grade. We enjoyed the movies as they came out in the theaters and we are now revisiting this series with our Grandson, Taylor.
Hogwarts is a school for young emerging wizards. Albus Dumbledore is the headmaster. The character I want to talk about is Dumbledore’s bird, Fawkes who is a phoenix. In mythology a phoenix is a long living bird that is able to regenerate or be reborn.
Fawkes lives in Professor Dumbledore’s office. Harry meets him on a Burning Day. He looks old and sick, suddenly, he bursts into flames and burns down into a pile of ash. Harry is shocked and immediately apologizes to Professor Dumbledore. “Your bird- I couldn’t do anything- he just caught fire –“(12.14). Professor Dumbledore explains, “Phoenixes burst into flame when it is time for them to die and are reborn from the ashes” (12. 18). He also tells Harry that phoenixes can carry immensely heavy loads and that their tears have healing powers. Above all, phoenixes are loyal birds. Fawkes is loyal to Albus Dumbledore. However, Harry’s faithful devotion to Professor Dumbledore promotes a relationship of protective loyalty between Fawkes and Harry. Harry is now included in this circle of loyal protection.
Life presents us with many battles. A battle can be defined as a struggle against somebody or something.......