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Thursday, August 23, 2007
A life lesson I learned from grape juice...

When I was 16 my parents divorced. And my siblings and I literally went from the penthouse to the outhouse. It got to the point where there were 13 people living in a one-story, 3-bedroom house. (My moms brothers' family and sisters' family moved in with us as well.) I went from having my own bedroom and my own privacy, to having to share EVERYTHING. Admittedly, I got a little selfish and frustrated with everything.

I've always loved grape juice. So after school one day I walked to the store and bought a gallon of it. I didn't feel like sharing it with anyone, so I decided to hide it in my closet under some clothes. I figured that way, I could keep it a secret and have it all to myself. Things were fine for the first couple of days. And then on the third day I went to go drink it and guess what happened? It fermented.

I'd kept the grape juice in room temperature settings after it had been opened and exposed to air. Despite the fact that I kept it hidden from everyone it still went bad.

Fast forward 13 years later. I was driving on my way to work this morning and I thought of that incident for some reason. Then it hit me. My selfishness caused something good and enjoyable, to become something bitter and tainted. The same thing can happen in life. The more selfish you are with the good things in your life, the more they will dwindle away and become tainted. If you're selfish with you're money, you're not going to be able to enjoy it with anyone or even yourself. If you're selfish with belongings, you're not going to experience the full potential of those things. The more you keep things to yourself hidden, the more they fade away and become ruined.

The most glaring case is your faith. The more you keep it to yourself and bottled up, the less people around you will get to experience God's love and desire for them. Along with that, the more you keep religion to yourself, the more it can become something that God did not intend it to be. God intended for us to spread his word to the masses, to share his love with others. Not to keep it bottled up to yourself.

Grape juice. What an odd way to teach a lesson.

posted by Ricky @ 8:39 AM  
  • At 8/23/2007 07:01:00 PM, Blogger Smith said…

    I had a lesson with grape juice too. I was camping with my family and I drank a whole bunch of grape juice and then we went into town to get some food and I proceeded to get sick and threw up on the sidewalk in front of the restaurant. My parents thought that I was throwing up blood.

    Lesson: if you want people to think that you have the Bubonic Plague ( or some other cool disease), drink some grape juice, wait a little bit and then puke.

  • At 8/28/2007 07:53:00 PM, Blogger that girl said…

    so let me get this straight........

    "And then on the third day I went to go drink it and guess what happened? It fermented."

    Doesn't that make it wine?

    p.s. say hi to Jesus for me.

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