‘If life gives you lemons,

make lemonades’

I have sometimes wondered what this means. Lemons are not sweet but lemonade is sweet. Life can be sometimes bitter, unpleasant experiences through people, circumstances can make us feel rejected and fed up.  If we allow the process from lemon to lemonade to take place, we can grow from and become a better person from that biter experience. The key is not allowing the negative experience take over our lives.

There is a beautiful story in the bible in the book of Ruth that illustrates this principle so well. ‘Do not call me Naomi (pleasant) but call me ‘Mara’ (Bitter) as life has dealt with me.’ Naomi cried, pulling the cloth over her face with aggression. ‘ I started with abundance but I am now destitute’ she continued. Naomi had lost her husband and 2 sons to famine. Life had become unbearable. She is now left with two daughters-in-law

‘Go back to your mother’s house’, she sobbed aloud and wept. ‘I have no more children in my womb to give you’. One returned but the other, Ruth stayed with her, saying ‘Wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people and you God my God.’

They both returned to Naomi’s native land, where Ruth went straight into work on the fields. She attitude was so pleasant that it attracted the attention of the land owner Boaz. She found favour with him, ‘I have commanded the young men to do you no harm’ he pleaded. Naomi further gave her strategies to use to win Boaz’s attention.

The rest  is history. Ruth gave birth to a son whose name is Obed. He is in the lineage of Jesus Christ. If she had given up and found her own way by leaving her mother-in-law, she would not have been connected to her destiny.  This story teaches us that tough times do not last, it is tough people that do. Life will have it’s ups and downs but how we allow it to affect us determines the outcomes.

The key to good outcomes is to be:

  • thankful at all times. Rejoice always. When you thank God even for the not so good situations, your tank will always be full in the end. You creator sees what you cannot see. He sees the end from the beginning. Trust Him.
  • determined as though you’ve seen the end of the story. All things start in the spirit realm. What we see with our eyes are temporal. 2 Cor 4:18
  • focus on being a blessing to someone else in spite of your negative circumstances, what we sow we reap.


19 thoughts on “‘If life gives you lemons,”

  1. When we listen to God and do what is right whether we even feel like it or not, the outcome always works out for our best. God is Great! I appreciate your site very much. The story of Naomi and Ruth is a wonderful story. Ruth did the right thing. not expecting anything in return. The road less traveled is often the right one. I bet not many you women would choose to stay with their mother-in-law. Have a great day!

    • Hi Sharon
      Thanks for your contribution to this blog. The road less traveled is indeed always the right one.
      Do visit again.

  2. I like the story of lemon… because some times the life is like that too and we must never give up, even if some times the life is not so sweet!…
    Thanks for sharing your idea with us.

    Alexandra Carvalho

  3. This is indeed a great tale from the Bible. In life today it is no different. The same story is told several times using different circumstances and persons, but the result is much the same…

    The lesson for me is that even in the darkest of times, it does not mean the end of things; rather it is a time to have faith…Believe whatever mountain you face will be moved, and if you really keep that faith, it will be so……

  4. I think the lemon analogy is great, basically work with what you have rather than accept defeat at the first hurdle. Life is always going to throw obstacles in our way but it is through these difficult challenges that we can grow and become stronger.

    I think it was FS Fitzgerald who said “Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy” meaning that what often makes us great is our ability to overcome hardship and succeed through that to make us stronger.

  5. Great article. We all go through bad times. The real test of character is how we handle them. What can we learn from those bitter moments so we can make the lemonade. If life was great all the time, would we have a need for God? I believe bad times happen because God is testing us.

  6. Hey I really like the concept of your website and it is really easy on the eyes. It’s also very navigable and you can easily jump from article to article.

    I agree that you should be thankful all the time. Even in the bad times you can learn something really important that can change your life. I know that’s something I should work on; being thankful for both the good and bad.

    I really appreciate the information and hope to hear a response from you

    • Dylan

      Thanks for the taking time to visit my site and leave a comment.

      A thankful life is a tank full one.

      We do need to learn to look beyond our circumstances and learn to give thanks always.

      There’s always someone worse off than you or I at all times.

  7. Hi Kavinah,

    I love this story and post that you’ve created about Life, Lemons, and Lemonades..
    And also the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz.. 🙂
    Truly, it’s a great story to learn from.. Sometimes, we struggle at life, but when we trust GOD in everything, and we don’t complain but still thankful because GOD is in control, the breakthroughs are coming.. We may not know when, but they are coming.. because GOD is with us.. 🙂

    I like the way how your website really glorify GOD in every way.. 🙂 That’s really magnificent.. 🙂

    GOD is seeing your work.. and will bless you along the way. 🙂
    So continue being a Blessing.. 🙂
    You will bless a lot more people through your website.. 🙂

    Thanks a lot, Kavinah.. 🙂



    • Thank you so much, Adrian.

      You are a great encouragement through your comment.

      We sometimes do things not knowing the effect they’ll have on people.

      I look forward to your next visit.


  8. What a beautifully written article! I love the story of Ruth and Naomi. I think it is wonderful how Ruth stays with Naomi as she travels home and Naomi continues to watch over and advise Ruth as though Ruth were her own daughter. My mother once told me that she prayed for me to marry into a family that would take me in as one of their own and God answered her prayers abundantly. I pray that same prayer over my own daughters, but I also remember Naomi and pray that God will help me prepare to welcome my daughters’ husbands into our family as my own as well.

    • Hi Angela

      I like your take on this story.

      We can use it to pray same into our children’s lives. Awesome.

      Thanks for stopping by.


  9. I believe the moral of this story is perseverance and faith. No matter who we are in this world, be it Christians or unbelievers, we all go through trials and tribulations. But what differentiates the weak from the strong is the ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel.


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