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“Life’s Not Fair”

As I pulled back the covers and crawled into bed, the nearby ambulance was dispatched and the siren went by my window. It pushed my exhausted body and heart just over its limit and I started to cry. Suddenly, life didn’t feel fair to me.

I often heard that phrase growing up and I fully believe it and I think this may be this first time in the last 18 months that I have felt “injustice” in my life because of everything going on. I’ve had plenty of others tell me “it’s not right” and “you’re so young, you shouldn’t have to deal with this” but I just shrugged it off, thinking of how it could be worse.

But I always said I could deal with anything as long as it wasn’t stomach issues. And for the last 11 days, I have had constant, debilitating nausea. You can add dizziness, weakness, fatigue, and headaches to that mix too. I have practically laid on my bed or couch all day, and sometimes I’ve been unable to sleep at night because of the nausea. I’ve missed two important church events that I was really looking forward to. And for what? Side-effects of the new medication I’m on. (You may be thinking that my neurologist is a monster but I also haven’t had a seizure in 7 days so we are trying to work things out.)

I don’t often feel like my life is unfair. But that day was my birthday. I was miserable and try as I might to think about all the people who came around me and showed love and blessed me, I just needed to cry for two minutes and then I fell right asleep.

And I think that’s okay. I woke up the next morning, still feeling miserable, but able to thank God for all his blessings and appreciate my friends and family more. Life is certainly not fair, and I’m so thankful because I don’t deserve what I have.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in blessing

 

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The Fairness of Life

I was babysitting a six year-old girl at my house the other day.  Bethany said that something wasn’t fair and that little girl looked her in the eye and said solemnly,

“My Daddy says that if life was fair, we’d all go to hell.”

It took me a minute to realize the truth in her statement. Webster’s 1828 Dictionary has this for one of its definitions of fair: Equitable; just; erited.  Fairness is getting what you deserve and although we usually apply it to “good” things, it should apply to “bad” things as well.  By rights, we should all go to hell.  That’s what we deserve. We’re all born sinners and have broken God’s commands as a result.  The fair thing for God to do would be to send us to eternal punishment.

I’m so glad God provided an alternative.  He didn’t have to. He chose to give us grace and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

Now,  I don’t know about you, but I’m glad life isn’t fair.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2012 in salvation

 

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