When life gives you lemons

You make a lemon pie, right? Or lemonade or perhaps a nice turkey dinner.

The point I think of the old saying is when things are looking grim, when your playing cards are crap, do what you can in order to turn the situation on it’s head. Make the best of it.

See, being jobless gives me way too much time to think and contemplate (and often severely depress myself). I was thinking last night about my current situation and of course my mind is prodded with thoughts about worthlessness and such.

This verse came to mind from the Bible:

“for the worker is worth his keep.”
Matthew 10:10b (NIV)

I can’t help think … if I’m not really working, am I not really worth my keep? Am I not really doing anything worthwhile for God? The world? My family?

It was a fast declining road of self pity. Whoa is me. Poor Tadd. Poor worthless, pointless and purposeless Tadd.

Another verse then came to mind, reminding me of something important:

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”
Romans 8:28 (KJV)

As I thought about these verses it reminded me that all situations are really under God’s control. And as Romans 8:28 says “everything to work together for the good of those who love God”. That’s pretty reassuring.

Things may look low and sad. I may not be making money hand-over-fist or doing Scrooge McDuck dives into vats of gold coins but God has taken care of my family and me. We have food. Clothing. Electricity. I have a few side jobs. So far, everything is going according to HIS plan. My morals and faith will be tested, again and again, as I’m lead down different paths and avenues.

But if I remember that everything works together for the good of those who love God I’ll be ok. It will be fine.

I finish with one other passage:

“6Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Luke 12:6, 7 (NIV)


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