I remember growing up in Pennsylvania as a kid, I wanted to make some extra money; so I made a pitcher of lemonade and set up a folding table and got to work. The problem was, I lived off a small country road and there was very little traffic, whether by foot or vehicle. Needless to say, I did not make much that day…hahaha! You’ve heard the old adage…
Which is a phrase used to encourage optimism and a “can-do attitude” in the face of adversity or misfortune. Though it is put on bumper stickers and feels played out, there is tremendous truth that we can use in our lives when we are squeezed!
I once heard a great analogy contrasting the pressures of life with a sponge. Bishop O.W. Prince compared it this way:
“What is really inside of us will come spilling out of us when life puts the squeeze on us. Crisis will usually reveal what is really in our hearts. It is easy to do and say the right things when life is calm and everything is going right, but what we say and do when chaos hits and the pressure is on tends to paint a more accurate picture of who we really are.”
Wow! That is convicting! God has been showing me that I have some work to do! Just like a sponge, when we are squeezed, what is in us will come flowing out! The question is, will it be sour like lemons or sweet like lemonade? In James 19-20 (NLT), we are given this word of advice…
“Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
So I ask you…What’s in your Sponge?
When you are squeezed, what comes out? WILL it cause a mess and hurt those around you, or WILL it be full of grace and uplifting? Here is a promise of what will happen if you choose the latter…
“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.” James 1:12 (NLT)
If you are interested you can read a related post called ★ Thought for the Day – The Storms of Life ★