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Gbenga OwotokiSunday, December 18, 2016
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WHEN SQUEEZED…

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t takes a lot of courage to maintain your decorum in the face of being hounded. You come across people or situation that will deliberately make you 'lose your cool' but it is your responsibility not to respond negatively. Being positive in a negative situation does not mean you are naïve rather it shows responsibility and leadership. One secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is instead of what you think it should be. Keep your head high no matter what happens. Everything is going to be alright. If something unpleasant happens and you get hurt in the process, do not fall victim of its pain. Look ahead and focus on what can be.

A professor was preparing for class and decided to take an orange with him. He began to talk to a bright young man in front and asked him, "If I squeeze this orange, what will I get?"

He looked at the professor and answered, "Juice, of course!"

The professor said, "Don't you think I could squeeze apple juice from the orange?"

Laughing, he said "No."

"What about grapefruit juice?"

He said, "Nope."

The professor asked again, "What would I get from this orange?"

"Orange juice, of course."

He repeated his question, "Why? Why would I get orange juice from an orange?"

He answered, "Well, it is an orange, and that is what it has on the inside."

The professor nodded and said, "That's right! Let's think that this is not an orange, but it is you.

Someone puts pressure on you and says something you don't like.

You get offended. Fear, bitterness, hatred, and anger come out of you. Why did this happen?"*

The boy answered, "Because those things are on the inside."

Now we have to consider what's inside of you and me, because Matthew 15:18 says,

"But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man."

Jesus was squeezed and forgiveness, love, and mercy came out of Him.

He taught us that regardless of people insulting, beating, humiliating, and treating Him worse than a criminal; He just showed love and forgiveness!

Let's be filled with that love that comes from God, and let's live each day by His side.

You cannot offer what you do not have. Sometimes our reactions to issues are a reflection of what comes from within us. Meeting hatred with love shows strength of character. Be an encourager, the world has enough critics already. It is time to put on the cloak of positivity. Being angry, sad and bitter isn't worth it, it drains your energy.

As we move into 2017, make up your mind that you will not live in bitterness and unforgiveness. Every day may not be good but when you look closely you will find something good in everyday. Forgive freely, not because what they did didn't hurt you but because you deserve peace at the end of it all.

Now the question that we must ask ourselves is: "What comes out when I am squeezed?" Think about it?

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