Summary: In life we go through seasons. Some seasons are hard and bitter. Some seasons are sweet and wonderful. We must realize our choices, attitudes and words have consequences. Consider the apple and the onion.
THE ONION OR THE APPLE?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have an onion and a sweet apple in my hands as I begin.
In the 1929 ROSE BOWL, a man became known by a new name: WRONG WAY ROY RIEGELS
WRONG WAY was hit so hard in the football game, he recovered a fumble and he ran the wrong way with the football and scored a TD for the other team and thus LOST THE GAME. He was nominated for the Georgia Tech hall of fame for helping them win the 1929 Rose Bowl.
SOMETIMES LIFE HITS US SO HARD WE LOSE OF FOCUS OF THE GOAL.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU CHOSE? LIFE IS ABOUT FOCUS AND THINKING PATTERNS…
TEXT: Numbers 11:5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:
How so can we forget God’s plan. Strange what we remember and forget in dark seasons and bad times?
Seems they forgot Pharaoh killing their sons? Seems they forgot making bricks and required to make their own provisions? Seems THEY FORGOT slavery? Seems they forgot GOD’S PLAN?
GOD HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE JUST AS THE ENEMY HAS A PLAN AND PURPOSE.
Have you ever tried to reduce life to a NUTSHELL?
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
NO PLAN? PLAN A, PLAN B, OR PLAN C?
Just as an insurance company has several different policies. They have a $10,000 policy, $100,000 policy and a million dollar policy. You can get the bare minimum or the best. Your choice, your money will decide your policy.
God has A PLAN.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
MOST PEOPLE KNOW THEY WILL GO THROUGH SEASONS.
SEASONS: INDEFINITE PERIOD OF TIME.
Everyone has a favorite season. Some like summer, swimming and gardens. Some like winter, cold, short days, long nights. Some have the attitude complaining is acceptable?
WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I SPOKE LIKE A CHILD… I ACTED LIKE A CHILD?
MANY OF SEEM TO STAY LIKE A CHILD?
THERE IS A CHOICE THAT I SHALL CALL THE PLAN OF ETERNAL BABYHOOD.
Babies raising babies? Parents complaining about their children’s attitudes REFUSE TO SEE THEIR CHILDISH BEHAVIOR’S CONSEQUENCES?
Several times lately I have seen children playing the role of adult while the child was more mature than the parent? SAD?
ONE TRAIT OF MATURITY IS RECOGNIZING SEASONS? DO WHAT IS EXPECTED DOING THE SEASON? QUIT COMPLAINING AND START APPLYING THE PROPER TOOLS TO ACCOMPLISH THE GOALS.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (MSG) There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: 2 A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, 3 A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct, 4 A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, 5 A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, 6 A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, 7 A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, 8 A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace.
SOME HATE AND COMPLAIN NO MATTER WHAT SEASON. THEY SEEM TO HATE THEM ALL?
WHERE IS THE MATURITY TO RECOGNIZE AND PREPARE FOR THE SEASON?
WHAT IS THIS SEASON GIVING YOU?
We have long heard: IF LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, MAKE LEMONAIDE. For we know the total of life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to what happens to you.
I SAY: IF LIFE GIVES YOU ONIONS, MAKE ONION-AIDE? APPLES-CIDER?
WE BECOME THE SUM TOTAL OF OUR WORDS AND ATTITUDES.
WE WILL REAP THE CONSEQUENCES OF OUR CHOICES.
Note the word is “and” and not “or:” Power powers are dormant in the door.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose.
WE MUST REMEMBER NO MATTER WHAT THE SEASON IS THAT WE ARE FACING, THAT SOMEDAY YOU WILL TIE YOUR SHOES AND THE UNDERTAKER WILL UNTIE THEM.