Not Where You Want to Be
Make lemonade or something more palatable
It’s your choice really, to keep doing what isn’t working optimally or to change. You decide whether to maintain the status quo, acting as though all is well. Or you can own that what you’re doing isn’t working for you. You need a better plan to create the life you prefer, the one you sit and dream about. You know, the life that God has purposed for you and equipped you to design and live.
He knows the plans He have for you. And you know it too! Your life can be filled with life-giving purpose and hope for your future that is better than you or anyone can imagine.
Lemonade is what we’re told to make when things don’t turn out right or as expected. We have lemons, so why not make lemonade.
Well, here’s the problem for me, I don’t care for lemonade. Besides if everyone is taking this advice, there are so many people making lemonade, even those who are more like me. You can keep your lemons and lemonade.
I like sweet and fruity. So I choose to make something that is more palatable for me. What about you? Are you willing to make something of your life that is better?
Let’s talk about what that could look like.
There was a woman from ancient times who’s life was tumbling downhill. Because her father-in-law had died, her husband died, and her brother-in-law died. She found herself in a situation. No husband, no home, and no children. She had a mother-in-law and sister-in-law who were not much better off.
She had what some would call lemons. What could she do? What were her options. In ancient times, women didn’t live on their own. They didn’t have the freedom of movement and freedom of choice we enjoy today.
Let me digress. Even though, today, we have such wonderful freedoms, it is still not easy to live as single women. The challenges of living alone, doing all the work on your own, and the assumptions put upon you. So many lemons. I talk a lot about purpose in my writing.
This woman from the past, had a choice to make. Her mother-in-law decided to move back to her homeland where there was family. Well this young lady had a choice as well, she could return to her family. However, oftentimes, the ones we grow up with are not the family with whom we have the closest connection. Instead of staying in her homeland, with her immediate family, this young lady decided to go with her mother-in-law.
She may have had lemons in her hand, but she was not willing to simply make lemonade. She wanted more. And because it was her decision to make, Ruth chose to go with her mother-in-law and she became the woman in a foreign land. It wasn’t the easiest life, but it was her choice.
Her decision produced a more palatable life for herself and her-mother-in-law. You may know her. Her name is Ruth. Yes, the one who married Boaz. You know the saying “waiting for your Boaz”. That’s where this saying came from. Because of her decision, Ruth was in position to receive her blessing of a love, a family, wealth, and to be in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
Just like Ruth, you and me have choices to make when it comes to the difficulties of life. When so much in life does not go as expected, what will you do about it?
Make lemonade out of what’s in front of you? Or will you put the lemons to the side and create the life you dream about.
I don’t know about you, but there’s an inspired life waiting for me, I’m working on living a beautiful God-centered life that is balanced, filled with grace and personal, professional, and spiritual success.
You’re welcome to join me.
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