Are You Using Your Lemons Wisely?

Have you ever thought about the random moments in life? I am reminded of that old saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Most of us have heard this clever saying, but do we really apply it to our lives, jobs, ministries, and families?

The average human makes about 35,000 decisions in a day If we are generous (which I’m sure I am), lets say half of those are easy decisions ( waking up, walking, using turn signals, speaking, breathing, etc). This would mean that 17,500 of the remaining decisions would be difficult decisions (what to say when someone dies, drive to friends or not, buy this car or not, marry this person or not, mentoring someone).

The fact is that every person has many (35,000) decisions that they make in a day. What do you do with those decisions? My wife was writing a paper this week-end for a theology class. She was faced with one of those 17,500 difficult decisions. Her paper was specifically a book review on a book about God. She was talking about how it is important that our theology directs our actions and thoughts about (in this case) God. However, she talked about how if we make our theology fit our lives, it would be a choice on our part to down play the importance of God. She took this moment to input that history books in classrooms have taken out the fact that America was founded by men who wanted to live their lives in such a way that would bring honor and glory to God. The truth is that there are many books ‘The Coming Revolution” by Richard Lee ( and videos “Monumental” by Kirk Cameron ( or “Last Ounce of Courage” ) that tell us that these founding fathers where in deed Christians. Yet they have taken this out of history books all across America.

Why do I mention this decision my wife made? Because she made the choice to speak into the life of her readers. When life gives you lemons (in her case the platform to speak on a certain area) make leomonade (speak the truth of things that are studied, that are helpful to the person your talking/writing to, and help them to see things differently). If you are in a ministry situation, then of course you would want to use opportunities to direct them to Christ.

“When Life Gives you Lemons Make Lemonade” is actually very practical. take the things in life that are difficult and hard to do, and speak, challenge, lead and direct someone to God. This my friends, is Leadership!!!


About Derek D. Dix

Derek is a youth advocate, writer, church partner, and speaker based in Sweet Home Oregon. Derek holds a Bachelor's degree in Ministry Leadership from Multnomah University (Portland, OR) as well as a Bachelor's degree in Bible/Theology from Multnomah University (Portland, OR). His training has equipped him to connect with youth, parents, and ministry organizations, in such a way that betters the society in which they find themselves. He currently is the Middle School Campus Life Director in Linn County. He is passionate about relational discipleship, leadership, and helping others to become active Christ-followers.

Posted on October 14, 2012, in Leadership. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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