Perspective: Turn your lemons into lemonade

In our current world everyone has different views. Whether it is over social media, politics, or even education, every single individual has varying opinions about what is best. Things kind of play out that way regarding how we view our lives too.

You see, we all have dreams and goals, desires and wishes, and many of us press our hardest to reach them because we feel they are the answer. We think that it will fulfill us. That our smile will never disappear once they come around. So, we break our backs to reach them, however things don’t always happen as fast as we want them to.

I myself am dealing with something similar right now. In May 2017, I graduated with a B.A. in Journalism from Hampton University. I began looking for jobs in my field not long after, but due to different factors I was unable to find one. So, in order to live a comfortable life I have been working in fast food.

Now, this has been hitting me very hard because I expected so much more from myself by this time. I thought I would see greater “success” by now, but I'm learning that it all comes down to perspective.

Looking at things with a joyful heart uplifts anyone at anytime. In Proverbs Solomon states, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” (Proverbs 17:22, NLT) Looking at the negative will do nothing but worsen the situation. (Trust me, right now I'm talking to myself too.)

Things will not always feel good, but they will always work for the good. Even Jesus Christ had to shift his perspective at one time.

When he was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying to God his initial focus was on the pain that was soon to come, which lead him to request the cup to pass. However, he commanded his soul to see the positive in it, which was our salvation. Then he stated not my will, but thy will be done. (See Luke 22:41-42)

Now, this did take prayer and encouragement, which the Savior received from an angel in the next verse, and this is how we must move forth to this victory. We must pray, as well as seek encouragement from and fellowship with our brothers & sisters. The answer you receive when doing this may not always be what your soul wants, but it will be what your spirit needs.

In the end, it all comes down to what you deem as important. If you want to focus on the tart moments in life, focus on its lemons. If you’d rather move forth, get the sweetness of God & turn those lemons into lemonade.


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