Today’s Scripture: O Lord God of hosts, who is a strong Lord like unto Thee? Or to thy faithfulness round about Thee? Thou rulest the raging of the sea: When the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them. PsalmĀ 89:8-9

Jimmy came home from school all scuffed up, report card in hand, and candy wrappers hanging out of his pockets. “Hey, dad, I’m home.” Jimmy plopped himself on the couch, tossed his candy wrapper infested book-bag on the floor and threw his report card on the table. “James, what on earth happened to your clothes… and what’s with all the candy wrappers?” “I got in a little argument after school, and I had the worst taste for a candy bar.” replied Jim. Upon examination of the report card filled with letters in the alphabet lower than C, his father exclaimed, “Jim, do you have anything good to say for yourself about all of this?” “Why, yes I do. From all of this you know I’m not a coward, I have very good taste, and I am definitely not a cheater.”

Although this is not a conversation we would want to have with our children, it is a humorous example of how we should be when it comes to those rough days in life. Some people have an uncanny ability to look at the bright side of things. It may not be part of our natural personality, but it is something we need to work on. Why should we be able to make lemonade from life’s lemons? Because it shows that we have faith.

Probably the hardest thing God deals with in each of us is our lack of faith. It is so easy to look at that fender bender, overflowing septic tank, lay-off, or less than perfect check-up, as the end all of the week, month, or year. It is time to choose how we see our circumstances. Things may be hard, but having a lack of hopeful faith makes them feel far longer and way worse.

Let me ask you, how long are you willing to let it keep you down? What you choose to do with each day is up to you. Are you going to bite into a sour lemon each morning when you roll out of bed, pucker up your lips, and spit the seeds at all who cross your path? Or are you going to look at the sweet blessings that remain and add some sugar to that lemonade? Remind yourself today when you are tempted to throw your hands up in defeat, that by God’s grace and some faith you can master any disaster. Will today be sweet or sour? The answer is up to you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder