At my Mom's request I am posting this from my other blog:
Well, I'm feeling kind of cheerful/hopeful today. So here's a cheerful thought :
No school, no school,no school...
Okay, seriously now, here's the hopeful thought I initially meant to post: "When life gives you lemons, make grape juice. Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it."
Sometimes funny, seemingly irrational thoughts can cheer you up or motivate you more so than deep, or wise thoughts can. I think this is because some deep thoughts are pondered realistically or logically. And, of course, when thinking realitically, you tend to see everything, sometimes the bad more so than the good. And logic brings you down to earth. That is how you see things when thinking this way; nothing miraculous.
Now don't get me wrong, realism and logic are great (I am an aficionado of C.S. Lewis' writings), but so are dreams, aspirations, and hope. This is where the "lemons and grape juice" thought comes in. No, it makes absolutely no sense when looked at from the realistic logical point of
view; after all there is to possible way grape juice can come from a lemon. But when you think about it from an allegorical point of view you might infer(Oh! So logic can be used anyway!) that the lemons of life are the sour, not-so-great times or experiences.
Now the phrase is usually, "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade," but here we have, "make grape juice." Grape juice from lemons? I think the grape juice in this particular thought is the dream, aspiration, or hope (*cough cough*God*cough*). When unfavorable things happen in your life, don't just resign yourself to a predictable outcome (ie: lemonade from lemons). Pray for something better! Psalms 50:15 says, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me." Earlier in verses 9-12 God tells of all that is his (which is
everything). He is powerful. And He has the ability to Rock your world! Some people are just content to let things roll on in their usual way without even thinking to ask Him for help? That's not for me! Bring on the Grape juice!
As for the last part about, "Then sit back and let the world wonder how you did it," You shouldn't just sit around reflecting on your miracle when others wonder how it happened. You should be out there telling others all about how God pulled you through.
Well, so there's the realistic logical point of view, and the allegorical point of view. Now here is the quick and easy way I first thought about the phrase when I was not trying to think about something to think about: "Hmm? Grape juice from lemons. I'm going to do something to make people wonder just like they would if they saw me making grape juice from lemons!"
I could have put that last point of view at the beginning, but you might not have read the rest(^-^). Hey! I just noticed! Ugh! I'm on Christmas break from school and I just wrote somewhat of an essay! It has three points and everything! Grrhh! But, I'm still feeling cheerful! Hmm, grape juice from lemons....
I also noticed, here as I was revising this post for this blog, I wrote this a year ago during my last Christmas break!