We have all heard that quote, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I use it and love that it makes you take a look at things with a better perspective.
The other day I was picking the cute little lemons off of my Meyer lemon tree and had a little bit of a different thought. You see, I was harvesting exactly what I had planted, reaping what I had sown. Sometimes, I know things happen that are completely out of our control; bad things, unfortunate things and tragic things. But, sometimes life doesn’t give us lemons, we give ourselves lemons.
Instead of always playing the “blame game” or the “life keeps throwing lemons at me game” maybe we should take a hard look at the seeds we are planting.
For example, I read a great article the other day about what complaining does to your brain and your body (Click here if you want to read it!) I also read about what complaining does to those around you. I know how being around negative people effects me and so I try to distance myself and not subject my brain and body to it. Chronic complainers don’t understand that the reason people don’t want to be around them is that they have an exhaustingly negative impact. They assume that life is just throwing them lemons and everyone takes them for granted. Planting complaints and negativity will eventually leave you lonely.
You can’t sow rudeness and expect to reap kindness, you can’t plant stinginess and expect an overflow, you can’t sow discord and reap harmony, you can’t plant selfishness and expect to harvest a legacy of love and you can’t subject yourself to rude, selfish, stingy people and expect to have a great time.
By all means, when you get lemons have some lemonade. But, don’t fuss about your lemons when you are the one that planted, watered and catered to those lemon seeds.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” ( Galatians 6:7-9)
“Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity,
and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.” (Proverbs 22:8)
I loved growing my own lemons!!! I got mine from Amazon. Click on the tree below to check them out !