Peter picked up a bowl of warm, buttery popcorn and scowled at his sister. "Get out of my chair, Mandy!" he ordered.
"You always get to sit by the window," complained Mandy. "I want to sit here for a change."
"It's my spot," Peter insisted, but Mandy just stuck out her tongue. "Dad! Make Mandy get out of my chair!" whined Peter as he tugged at his sister's arm.
"The chairs don't have names on them," said Dad. "Just sit down over there, Peter, so we can all enjoy our snack." Still grumbling, Peter obeyed.
Soon they were crunching their popcorn and sipping glasses of Mom's freshly squeezed lemonade. "I seem to recall that you were fighting over chairs last night, too," said Dad when he noticed that Peter continued to glare at his sister. "But last night, I believe Peter was sitting in the chair Mandy considered hers, right?" Mandy just shrugged, and Peter nodded sheepishly.
Mom smiled. "I think it's time you kids learn to take a lemon and make lemonade," she declared.
Peter frowned. "You mean you don't want to make it for us anymore?" he asked.
Dad laughed. "Mom's using the old saying, If life hands you lemons, make lemonade,'" he said. Dad held up his glass. "This good lemonade we're enjoying started out as sour lemons, but did Mom sit around moaning about how sour they were?"
"No, she squeezed them and added sugar and made something good out of them," Peter replied.
"And that's what we should do in life. Instead of complaining about what happens, we should learn--with God's help--to make the best of every situation," said Dad. "The Apostle Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state'--or situation--he was in. We should learn to do that, too."
"I guess Mandy and I should learn to be content in whatever chair we're in," suggested Peter with a grin. "Okay. I really don't mind sitting over here by the register once in a while. It's nice and warm."
"I like it there, too," agreed Mandy, "but it's nice to sit here by the window sometimes. It really doesn't matter that much, does it, Peter?"
"Good." Mom smiled. "Now, how about some more lemonade?"
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you learned to make lemonade in life—with God’s help, making the best of any situation? Or do you complain when things don’t go your way and you don’t get what you want? The next time things don’t turn out the way you hoped they would, please God by looking for—and finding—something good in what’s happening. Get rid of your sour attitude and enjoy the lemonade!
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Philippians 4:11 (KJV)
I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.
*Verse displayed is NKJV