When Life Gives You Lemons

What is life?
(Before I begin, you will have to excuse me. I’m currently listening to Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” as I write this, and well, … I might get a little over dramatic, but let’s see how it goes and maybe we’ll have some fun along the way.)

Life is such a mysterious and fun and scary and ….  any-other-adjective-you-would-like-to-use-to-fill-in-the-blank-with. Life is somehow both a little bit of everything and a little bit of nothing.
Sometimes it’s good.
Sometimes it’s bad.
Sometimes you love it.
Sometimes you hate it.
One thing is for sure though: at some point in our lives, we have all asked the internal question, “What is life?!”
Whether it’s after a life-changing experience like graduation when we have no clue what to do with our lives OR whether it’s after a seemingly mundane moment that happens when we bite into that amazing Chipotle burrito for the first time ever and we question where our lives would have be if someone would have just introduced us to Chipotle earlier in life —  we always ask our selves, “What is life?”
I’m hear to tell you, I have the exact answer you’ve been looking for. Life, is just that.  LIFE … Profound, right?

Life is whatever you choose to do with it, and frankly, when life gives you lemons, it’s YOUR CHOICE to decide how to use them:

You can make lemonade by combining them with other ingredients that could potentially bring out the best in the lemons
you can taste the lemons and decide that they’re too sour to be used for good, so you discard them, shortchange their potential, and just decide to plant something else.
You can love the gift you have received and learn to use those lemons for something great, such as a lemon meringue pie
you could be bitter (pun intended) that you got lemons and throw them at people.
At the end of the day, YOUR lemons are YOUR choice.

There are two reason why you shouldn’t throw lemons at people:
  1. Those are moments or gifts God is giving YOU because they best fit YOU. The were designed to fit in YOUR HANDS.
  2. If I’m not there, DON’T DO IT! Clearly, I want to be there when someone gets hit by a lemon, cause I’m pretty sure that’s hilarious.

On a more serious note, here’s the thing with life though: no matter what choice you make with those lemons, you will never be able to change what those lemons are. You can’t change the fact that those lemons will be lemons.

  • You can alter them like the meringue to try and make them taste better, but that doesn’t change the fact that they still started as lemons.
  • You can throw them at people because you are bitter you got them, but the person that gets them will undoubtedly know that they just got hit by lemons. (And truthfully, they will probably know what to do with them even though you chose to throw them away.)

Obviously, I’m not talking about lemons anymore. I’m talking about the gifts that God gives us, and the “blessings in disguise” that we far too often shortchange because they don’t look like the blessings we asked for.

Life consists of God constantly giving himself to you in ways that you can never truly measure up to in your humanity, BUT because God is continually giving Himself to us, life is all about what we decide to do with Him.

This isn’t suppose to be some super theological blog-post, but I feel it is something someone needs to hear, even if it just myself.

Life can be:
the greatest thing, if you live it for God
the worst ever if you run away from Him.
Take it from someone who has (unfortunately) done both.
Life is obviously all about living, so what better way to live this life than by spending time with the ONE (God) who created it?? Every decision you make is a potential God moment, and it’s your choice whether you allow it to slip through your hands OR you grasp on for dear life so that God can use you in that moment to do something awesome.

Like I said before, at the end of the day, it is not about the lemons life hands us, but it’s about what we do with those lemons. So when you find yourself lemon-handed, ask yourself: am I using these in a way that is most honoring to God?


Samuel Seda
Samuel Seda is a 22-year-old lover of adventure. Samuel was born in Puerto Rico, but currently lives in Orlando, FL. His goal is to be a Pastor, with a life-long commitment to full-time ministry. His passions include long-boarding, performing magic tricks, and surfing.

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