Lemon Juice or Lemonade?

Life can at times be very hard, full of pain, unfairness, and hurt. But of what use are folks who relax in pools of self-pity, who’re adorned in robes of long faces, and who dance to the rhythms of criticisms, complaints, and blame? Or Christians who seem to be baptized in lemon juice, equating gloominess with spirituality, gossip with gospel, and hyper-neurotic anxiety with sensitivity? And what good are those who take themselves too seriously, have no sense of humor, and cannot laugh at the funny side of life—including even life’s tragedies?  Here’s some lemonade to a sickening, bone-dry existence: “A merry heart does good, like medicine. But a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22; cf. 15:13).—Samuel Koranteng-Pipim

 

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