CHANGEUP TONIC

Friday, June 8, 2018
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Florida, USA
HEATED BUT TOUGHENED…

aving the right attitude during adversity is very important for what happens afterwards. You may go through difficulty, hardship or trial but as long as you put on the cloak of right attitude and have your faith anchored in the Lord, there is hope. Your hardest times often lead to the greatest moments of your life. Keep the faith. It will all be worth it in the end.

A girl grumbled to her father about her hard life. She didn't know what she had to do and wanted to give up. She felt tired of fighting. As one problem finishes, another one begins.

Her father took her into kitchen. He poured water into three pans and boiled them. After boiling, in the first pan was put some carrots, the second was put some eggs and the last had coffee in them. He waited for them for few minutes without any words from his mouth.

The waited patiently confused by what her father did. After approximately 20 minutes, her father turned off the cooker, took out the carrots and put in the bowl. He took the eggs and put in the bowl and the coffee was poured into the cup.

Turning back to her daughter, he asked, "My sweet heart, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee", she replied.

Her father asked her to move close and touch the carrots. She did and felt that the carrots were soft. After that he asked her to take the eggs and broke them. After peeling them, she felt the eggs cooked and hard. The last, the father asked her to smell coffee. She asked generously, "What's the meaning, Father?" He explained that each things had felt the same effect of the boiling water but different action. The strong and hard carrots became soft and weak after in the boiling water. The fragile eggs and thin epidermis became hard after cooked. The Coffee was very unique because it could change the water, "Who are you?" asked her father, "When the calamity knocks your door, how is your reaction? Are you like the carrots, eggs, or coffee? "

What a great lesson here. Some of us when 'heat' is applied to our life we become soft and weak. You might be tough and strong in the outside but when life puts you into her 'cooking pot' and put a lid over you, you buckled and crumbled. For some, when their life is subjected to heat, they become hard. They may look fragile from the outside like the egg in our illustration but the trials they face toughed them. They learn one or two lessons and move on with their lives as if nothing has changed. There are some who regardless of the calamity that have befallen them have decided that they will not allow that ugly experience to change them rather they will trust the Lord to change the situation and turn it around for their good. When the world hits and heat them up, they don't give up. They change the world rather than allow the world to change them. Their trials and struggle becomes a pedestal for God to showcase His glory through them. Life is full of battles and before you get into the Showroom of life where you will be celebrated you may need to go through the 'plow-room' of God's quarry. Hand your battles unto the Lord and you are sure to win because in God's diary is no history of defeat. You will be victorious.


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