“I hate soup”! “This is disgusting – don’t ever feed me this again.” That was my line a time or two during my teen years. Oh how I hated soup! I was a meat and potatoes kind of guy. To me, soup was more liquid than anything else - besides, you were hungry within an hour.
My step-father used to say: “whoever doesn’t like what’s placed in front of them, eventually, they will end up getting two cups.” By this he meant, that if you weren’t grateful for what life handed to you, in terms of food and even some trials, then for sure you will wind up with double of what you dislike. His reasoning was that you would need to learn to be grateful even if you didn’t like it, because there was always somebody worse off than you were.
Honestly, I have found that to be mostly true in my life – but more so, in the lives of many people I’ve met along the way. Life has a way of feeding us undesirable cups, doesn’t it?
So what do you do when life gives you the wrong meal? What do you do when your plate is full and your cup is empty? (Tweet This) Conversely, what do you do when your plate is empty and your cup is full of nothing but soup – of the wrong kind?
What do you do when the wrong dish has been handed to you?
What do you do when your child has gone the wrong direction?
How do you deal with the unexpected fearful news from the doctor?
How do you play with the wrong deck of cards life has dealt to you?
What do you do?
Who do you go to?
Who can help you adequately? You know, even when those you trusted have come against you – what do you do then?
How about this one: what do you do when your prayers are not getting answered?
Worse yet, what do you do with the feeling that maybe even God has abandoned you?
Truth is, most of us experience one (or some) of these seasons in our lives at some point. And it isn’t good. Not only is joy gone for a season, but happiness and peace are gone too.
I’ve learned a thing or two that I want to share with you that I believe will help you in getting through your season.
Here are 6 Keys to keep both the plate and the cup full of the right content.
1. Keep your vision alive in your mind.
It is important to make decisions in life based on your vision. It is your vision that will give you the guidelines, the perimeters, the roadmap to travel on. Without vision, life becomes very confusing. Without vision it’s hard to make wise decisions.
Vision will allow you to make the right adjustments when the wrong deck or cards had been deal to you. Vision will help you decide if the cup you’re eating is worth its nutrients. Are you following me?
Keep in mind that your vision will always be challenged, but your heart will always fight for it.
Jesus felt he couldn’t drink of the cup that was awaiting him. In fact, in the garden of Gethsemane, he asked the Father to take away that cup. Shortly, his divine side overcame the agony of such cup and he chose to do Father’s will. Jesus had a vision. There was one main purpose why he came. His destiny on earth was to die, rise again and trump death at its roots, in order to provide you and me with the gift of eternal life.
His agony was overcome by his love for the world, and his destiny or his vision for why he came. You can do the same.
2. Keep the faith.
During the good times as well as the bad times, faith will take you where impossibilities can’t. I’m not talking about trusting your own abilities, knowledge or those around you! I’m talking about a faith in God, who gave you life in the first place, that’s going to help you win even when dealt the wrong hand.
A raw deal always produces all sorts of negative feelings and experiences, but God’s power will superimpose the enemy’s move.
3. Keep believing.
Your faith will often stand trial. The consistency in your faith in God will determine your victory in the end. You must allow yourself to believe in what is true!
Facts are facts, but truth trumps facts every time.
Facts are always subject to change, but truth can never change. So keep believing. If it’s true and it was God’s plan for your life, it will come to pass.
4. Keep working with what you know.
When you know the truth about a subject matter, you must be convinced of its authenticity. When you’re convinced, then and only then can you continue to work with it and eventually see the results you’re supposed to get.
Don’t let anyone or anything steal what you know to be true, and what you know it’s yours. It’s important, however, to be certain of what truth is. If all you have is a mental ascent of a thing, then you have nothing to go on. Truth has been proven and it is truth and can’t be changed. Remember that!
Facts are not truth. Many people confuse facts for truth.
Let me give you an example: The fact is that the doctor may have given you a hopeless diagnosis. Now life has just crumbled before you. All you dreams and aspirations have been crushed.
But wait a minute. The Bible says that “by His stripes you were healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24).
So the fact is, you’re in bad shape – the truth is, according to God, you can experience his total healing. So which one are you going to believe? Which one is going to become part of your vision?
This is not an easy establishment in a 3 dimensional world of quick fixes. I have seen enough miracles in my own life to believe otherwise. I have had enough bad experiences been turned around for me to believe any other way. I have been given cups full of facts, but they’ve all been trumped by God’s truth. So keep working with what you know to be truth. Truth will always prevail.
5. Keep praying.
Prayer will give you the ability to eat even what you don’t like. Better yet, prayer helps you empty yourself of whatever might be impeding the cup from being filled the right stuff.
“Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality.” ― Bruce Lee
Prayer will also get you the right kind of food at the right time. Keep praying and believe that he who has begun a good work in you will accomplish it perfectly. The fight continues but it will be won in, and through prayer.
6. Keep applying the wisdom you have received.
Experiences are great teachers, but truth overcomes the negative experiences. When you keep applying the truth of the wisdom you’ve attained, life will turn around for the better.
Question: So what else do you do when you’ve gotten two cups full of “undesirable soup?” How have you dealt with hopeless situations? Share below.
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