The Juice is Worth the Squeeze

Posted: March 11, 2015 in Uncategorized

Preachers have a habit of picking up good sayings from others and making them their own. We say things like, if the bullet fits my gun I’ll shoot it. I am also guilty of this. Last Saturday Chad Beyer was helping with a memorial service, because, originally I was going to be out of town. During his talk he made the statement in reference to hardships, difficulties and life challenges that “The Juice is Worth the Squeeze”. I wish I had thought of that, it is a great saying. The reason it is so good is because it is true. Going through hard times creates something that would never develop without the squeeze.

Here is a little juice that comes from the squeeze.
1. We become more dependent upon God. One of two things happen in trouble, we either run toward God or away from God. Oftentimes difficulties cause us to lean deeper into God and the juice that comes is a sweeter relationship and daily dependence upon God.
2. Future Focused – The present and past can be so painful we begin to look toward the future. We become visionary in our life. We begin to see in a clarifying way, God’s future for our life. We begin to live for what will come, as opposed to what has been. We will never heal by wallowing in the past and current circumstances. Allow God to squeeze a new vision within.
3. Self Awareness – Troubles if applied correctly cause us to re-evaluate ourselves, circumstance and others. Through honest assessment we see our own faults and failures, as well as that of others. We cannot change others, however, through self awareness we can make needed changes within ourselves.
4. A story to tell. Think of all the people you will be able to encourage who are going through hard times. Because you embraced the squeeze and depended on God, allowing him to change you and give you a hope and a future.  Others will be refreshed when you remind them God will see them through. Your story will inspire others.
5. Thankfulness, yes thankfulness. If you have approached difficulty in a healthy way, there will come a day when you look back and thank God for what you have gone through. Yes, if you are in the middle of the squeeze you think I am crazy, but trust me, someday you will look back and say; Thank God I went through that!
The juice is worth the squeeze!

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