I heard a speaker by the name of Steve Lacy give an analogy comparing people and what happens to them when they are squeezed. Let me explained what I mean by being squeezed. The squeeze is any pressure or adversity that a person feels that reveals what is on the inside. Whoever the person is and their TRUE attitude towards life is exposed.
If you take an orange and squeeze it, of course you get orange juice. If you take a lemon and squeeze it, obviously you get lemon juice. The difference in the juice is the orange juice is sweet and the lemon juice is bitter. If the lemon is painted orange and appears visually to be an orange and is even hung on an orange tree, guess what, it’s still a lemon.
When the new so called orange is squeezed, it’s still lemon juice that comes out. No matter how it’s disgusted or what it does to try to be different on the outside, when pressure is applied, lemon juice still comes out.
Two guys are driving down the road. Someone pulls out in front of their car forcing the driver to swerve and stomp on the breaks. The driver of the car starts cursing the other car and making obscene hand gestures. The passenger asked the driver why he was so mad and acting crazy. The angry driver told him it was the other cars fault. He was angry only because of the actions of the other driver. If he wouldn’t have pulled out in front of him, he wouldn’t have become enraged. What was coming out was lemon juice!
The driver like many people blamed the squeeze. He blamed the pressure for the way he acted. But the pressure wasn’t the problem. The squeeze only revealed what was on the inside. How do you respond when you are pressured? Does lemon juice come out or is it something better. Do you respond with kindness, love, patience, and professionalism? Do you answer back with class and style? Or is what comes out bitter?
It’s not just some of us who are squeezed. Everyone WILL go through it. Ancient scripture says that the best person who ever lived was also squeezed. He also felt the pressure of society. He was beaten, stripped of his clothes, mocked, taunted, spit on and ultimately tortured. Do you know how he responded? ………. “Father forgive them. They know not what they do.”
When you are squeezed what kind of juice comes out? Are you a lemon or an orange?
Posted on July 10, 2013, in Beliefs that govern your actions and tagged Christian, growth, How you should see yourself, influence, Leadership, management, philosophy. Bookmark the permalink. 21 Comments.