My friend, may I ask you a question? Is that old adage, that "when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade" really that trite? Isn’t it often more true than not? Ultimately, isn’t what you and I do with life that matters; not what life does to us?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

"On the other hand . . . " Those who know me well know that I use that little phrase a lot. Yes, I do like looking at the brighter side of things whenever possible. But, there is a more important message behind that little phrase. Oftentimes, the other hand, the one we didn’t chose in the first place, turns out better than we thought. For example: Yesterday evening I was barbecuing burgers on the grill. The fire got a little out of hand and before I had a chance to check it, I had charcoal coated one side of the burgers. I reached for the spatula and quickly flipped the flaming patties. "Hey! The other sides looked pretty good." I guess you could say that "on the one hand" I had burned the burgers; "on the other hand" I didn't. In the end they tasted pretty good; gently charred but only on the one side.

The old adage, that "when life hands you a lemon, make lemonade" is pretty trite. Then again, it's often true. It’s truly what you and I do with life that matters; not what life does to us.

Here's a story: School was tough for the little boy nicknamed Sparky. His favorite subjects were recess and lunch. He failed every single subject in eighth grade. High school was no better. Sports weren't much of an improvement. He made the school's golf team, but his poor play ended up costing his team the championship. Sparky was a loser when it came to friendships too. Afraid of rejection, he never asked a girl out. Instead, he devoted himself to the one thing he really enjoyed: drawing cartoons. By the time he was a senior in high school, he got up the nerve to submit some cartoons to the yearbook staff. They were rejected. After graduating, Sparky wrote a letter to Walt Disney Studios inquiring about job opportunities. He received a form letter requesting samples of his artwork. Sparky drew the cartoon and mailed it off. Finally it came: another form letter spelling out rejection. Sparky was disappointed but looking in the mirror one day, he smiled with the realization that in a weird sort of way, his life was funny. Then a thought hit him. Why not tell his story: The misadventures of a little boy loser, a chronic underachiever? This boy who failed the eighth grade, the young artist whose work was rejected by his own yearbook, was Charles Monroe "Sparky" Schultz–creator of the Peanuts comic strip and the little boy whose kite never quite flew. You knew him as Charlie Brown. (Callaway, Phil. Laughing Matters.)

Don't let anyone discourage you from what God has called you to do. On the one hand it may be mundane, even boring and, on the other, it might be an outstanding opportunity to do something marvelous in the sight of God. Your life may be a bit charred on the one hand. So, today might be a good day to flip that life over and see what's on the other side. Sometimes the "other hand", the one full of failure, is the one that God is just waiting to grasp.

We pray. Heavenly Father. I come to you in total expectation of the best. I believe in miracles because I believe in You. I cooperate with you by holding in my human mind the very best outcome. I do not come to you in desperation, but in gratitude and excitement of the result given to me ahead of any need. I live my days in prayer and my days bless me. In Jesus name we pray. Amen! (http://www.beliefnet.com/inspiration/galleries/prayers-for-positive-thinking.aspx?p=2)

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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