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Have you ever gotten a taste of something that just made your whole spirit pucker?

"This needs more sugar!"

“This needs more sugar!”

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.

Yellow_lemonsWe can’t necessarily control just where and when life is going to hand us lemons.

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)