The rotting lemons in the back yard represented what could have been.
Instead of picking them while they were fresh and ripe, we left it for too long. What once could have been used to add flavour to our drinks and meals now lay forgotten on the ground as they melted into the grass.
It’s easy to miss what’s in front of you. In the same I neglected to pick the lemons in the backyard while they were in season, we too can neglect to make the most of the opportunities right in front of us.
We can take it for granted that this current season will last forever. But like any season, this too will pass.
The key to maximising fruitfulness in life is to make the most of the season right in front of us. But in order to do this, we’ve got to be willing and diligent:
‘A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent brings wealth. He who gathers in summer is a son who acts wisely, But he who sleeps in harvest is a disgrace’ – Proverbs 10:4-5
There is every excuse under the sun as to why you should slack off and take some well deserved ‘me time’. Go ahead, lay the tools down and take a nap. But you will get exactly what you deserve. The harvest is only gathered by those who make the most of the season in front of them.
There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the fruit of your labour. But no one else will do the work for you. You’ve got to be willing to make the necessary sacrifices.
‘Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up’ – Galatians 6:9 (NIV)
As for me, I want to exhaust every ounce of energy that God gives me. I want to make the most of every second, every day and every year to pursue Him and His call on my life. I don’t want a single lemon to be left on the grass.
Join the revolution of the diligent. In eternity, you will be so glad you did!