I think Mary Poppins was on to something with her “spoonful of sugar” philosophy. Some moments in life could really use a little sweetening.
The other day I came across an online remark that soured my entire disposition. The comment came from someone I know, putting the squeeze on someone I know to work very hard at a very hard job.
The subject made for some very juicy discussion, and I was practically salivating at the chance to share a tart reply. However, wise family and friends advised this was not a recipe for success. Adding to the controversy would only leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth.
I had before me a perfect “lemons into lemonade” opportunity. All I needed to do was sweeten my words—and take them elsewhere.
Instead of going after the offender, I could get behind the offended. I could affirm the one, rather than argue with the other. My indignation became the catalyst for inspiration. The result was a tasty blend of gratitude and encouragement, served up as much-needed refreshment to a thirsty soul.
Scripture promises that what man plans for evil, God uses for good (Genesis 50:20). Sometimes he does so by inviting us into the kitchen with him to measure, mix and pour.
What a privilege it is to take part in the Divine alchemy that transforms malice and bitterness into compassion and joy.
But we can choose how to serve them.
Let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name. Hebrews 13:15 (NIV)