is that book going to sell? When will they call for a speaking
opportunity? When? When? When? The same question the Israelites asked
after forty years in the wilderness. They cried out for water, food,
and then meat. Never satisfied to wait on the Lord, they complained and
complained until the Lord’s anger kindled against them.
Do we cry out like that about
our careers? When? When? When? It’s not good enough, Lord. I want more
. . . What if getting our desires too soon means being unprepared to
handle the fame, fortune, or opportunities?
Watching sports, actors, and,
yes, even authors, we find examples of those who cannot manage the
sudden onslaught of fame and finances. It’s not about their success.
The desperate drive for achievement seems to be followed by a frenzy of
spending money on “the good life.” Beyond the wildness comes the
entitlement and minimization of others. The grandiose attitude leads to
seeing others as peons, or not seeing others at all. Ever meet someone
Entitled “famous” people wear an
arrogant attitude. They demand unfaltering, perfect service.
Displeasure is written all over their faces and body postures. They
tell you but don’t listen to you. The world seems to revolve around
their shiny stars. Did they pass God’s test?
How might we pass the heart test?
1. Keep eyes on someone bigger than yourself. Recognize that Jesus is
in control, we are not. Recognizing that we’re here for a greater
purpose, God’s, takes our eyes off of self.
2. Ask the Lord to help you pass His tests and protect you from
stepping out of bounds.
3. Consider someone with admirable abilities but a poor attitude.
Consciously watch his/her behavior. Watch the reactions of people
around him/her. How do you want to affect people?
4. Consider someone with admirable character. Consciously watch his/her
behavior. Watch the reactions of people around him/her. How do you want
to affect people?
5. Cultivate a servant heart rather than a self-centered heart. Read
Numbers chapter 12 and learn what happened to Miriam and Aaron when
they felt entitled by their positions. See what the Lord does when we
set ourselves above others and against Him.
6. Cultivate joy in helping others. The sense of fulfillment is
7. Cultivate the habit of compliments. The surprised, joyful responses
Remember the blessings of the
Promise Land belonged to those who followed the Lord’s commands, not
those who were impatient. Not those who created other gods. Not those
who followed after their own pleasure and pursuits. God will test our
hearts. We must choose how we react to the circumstances in our
lives—our tests. Will we grumble, complain, and push God’s buttons, or
will we be found humble and obedient regardless of how long it takes?
What will you choose?
Huckleberry Lemonade with Fruited Lemon Ice Cubes
Huckleberries really do exist.
They’re not just a name from Mark Twain’s wonderful books. But since
the smaller cousin of the blueberry isn’t available everywhere, feel
free to substitute with blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, or any
other delectable fruit for this fun summer libation.
1 ½ cups sugar
1 cup water
6–7 large lemons
3 large limes
1 ½ cup lemon juice from the fresh lemons
½ cup lime juice from the fresh limes
1 (or more) cup berries
Reserve ¼ cup of berries (or other fruit)
8 cups of cold water in large clear pitcher (clear to show the beauty)
Directions: Zest all of the
lemons and limes. Juice the lemons and limes. In a saucepan make a
simple syrup by bringing 1 cup of water, the rinds of the juiced fruit,
a tablespoon of the zest, and the sugar to a boil. Once it’s dissolved,
turn off heat. Strain into the pitcher.
Pour fresh lemonade into two ice
cube trays before adding berries to the pitcher. Use berries from the
reserved bunch to drop several into each ice cube. Put ice cube trays
into freezer. Use these instead of straight ice to keep lemonade from
being watered down.
Smash remaining fruit in a small
bowl. Pour fruit and juice into pitcher of lemonade.
Pour over ice cubes and serve. Garnish with mint leaves or spirals of
citrus rind rolled in sugar.