Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It's Not Fair

There are so many things that I could look at in my life and declare them “unfair.”

So many things I feel robbed of. So many things that don’t come easily for me.  And yet I know that others feel the same way. They may look at some things in my life and think I get all the blessing while they struggle. And they feel like life’s unfair.

We all do.

And we are all right.

Life has been “unfair” to all of us in one way or another. We’ve all had to walk the bumpy path in one area of life or another. We’ve all skipped out on the dream in one area of our life.

It’s true.  Life’s not fair.

For one person they get the raw end of the stick when it comes to health. For another, it’s in family life and marriage. Still another person will never quite know what it’s like to live worry-free when it comes to finances.

Life is not fair. There is diabetes. Cancer. Divorce. Prodigal children. Death. Poverty. Heart disease. Arthritis. Amputations. Tumors. Gastrointestinal issues. Broken families. Depression. Rejection. Surgeries. Crime.

You name it. Someone somewhere is getting shafted, taken advantage of, struggling to overcome adversity, receiving bad news (yet again), and hurting.

That’s looking at the glass half empty.

But there’s another part of that glass. The part that is half full. The part of our lives where we ARE being dealt fairness. Where we DO get blessed.

Do we see it? Do we recognize it when it comes?

Do we thank God for it?

We may deal with bad health, but have an amazing spouse. We may struggle with our children but have superb health! Everyone has something to be thankful for. Something that God gives us to give us hope. To remind us to smile.

Each one of us would probably choose a different struggle or battle than the one we’ve been given. But I believe that our struggles are very personalized. That God allows them into our lives for very personal reasons. They are tailored just to us. Doesn’t make them fun or easy – or even wanted. But it does give them purpose that we can be determined to unfold.

Life. Is. Not. Fair. It never will be.  But it still holds amazing gifts.

Let’s ask God to open our eyes so we can see them.

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