Very few people wander through this life with limited issues, concerns, rough patches, etc. For those people I appreciate the sacrifices that their fore-parent went through to provide such a life. But for all others, we run through this race called life with many bumps and bruises. We’ve all had our stint at Life University, and it kicked our ass. We’ve all had moments, that for us were considered rock bottom. We’ve all had to struggle at one point in our life, and we grow weary and roll our eyes at people who would rather, “FaceBook their problems rather than to face them.” – Andy Mineo
Life University gives everyone the same thing when they enter the school of Hard Knocks. Lemons! The expectation of the student is not that they would sit there and constantly complain about the hand that they are dealt, but do something with it. Sure, you may not have the same opportunities that others have, you may had to fight all of your life, you might not have had the easiest path to victory, but there is undoubtedly a path nonetheless.
“In all of my work, I try to say, ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies.”
– Maya Angelou
The Truth of the Matter…
No one is dealt the same hand. No one is given the same gift(s). No one is granted the keys to success without a fight. The Key to success is taking the Lemons and making the best Lemonade you can.
There was an analogy that I heard, and for the sake of being authentic, I am unable to trace the root of the analogy, so I will attribute the credit to the person whom I heard it from. My teacher, Tony Hough, said in class, “Do you know what you get when you squeeze a lemon?”
Everyone starred at Dr. Hough, wondering what the punch line would be. And one of my friends said in a snarky fashion, “Everything that is inside.”
Dr. Hough said, “Exactly!”
There is something unique inside of you. Some gift that only you can offer, only you can do, only you can deliver. And better still there are people waiting on you to do it.
I know the timing is not right, and if we’re honest, it never will be. I know that you have too much on your plate right now, or you are confused and you don’t even know what your God Given Gift is. But don’t let that discourage you.
Identify and Pursue you Gift
Your gift is bigger than you because it was never intended for just you. It was always intended to be a blessing to others. I don’t know what your gift is, but what I do know is that when you find your gift and you combine it with the Lemons that life has given you. It makes the Best Damn Lemonade You’ve ever had in your life!
You were never meant to work at a Job that you hated everyday of your life. God’s Purpose for you is so much greater than that. Seek His Face, Abide in Him, Ask Him what your gift is, and start pursuing it.
Or you can just live with the lemons that you’ve been dealt…