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Life's NOT FAIR: How Our Perception is BLURRY
Life is not fair. That sucks. Doesn't it?
People that don't work half as hard as you have nicer houses and more money. Other folks dodge the rules and legal problems all of the time. You can't get a break at work while the office sloth guards the water cooler and free bagels from Panera.
Perception is key. Maybe we do not know what is truly going on. Really.
Maybe people have bigger houses but their mortgage payment is three times what yours is per month. Maybe folks who flirt with legal problems really did get caught but they told everyone else a different story. And maybe.......just maybe.......the person who appears to have it all together at work is an internal mess and is not sure how they will survive another day.
There is a bigger issue here. Our worldview. How we view our selves and others in this story called Life. After all, your story is continually being written on a daily basis. The ink is still wet on the pages. God is not done with you. He is not done with me either.
Life is not fair. Let that sink in. Life is not fair.
Maybe we do know the whole story and someone is "messing with the system" (whatever system that is). Truth always prevails. But here is where our perception and how we view life is crucial. Many people will make statements about karma and people will get what is coming to them. Karma is dumb. Here's why...........
Karma says we all get what we deserve. Can you imagine that? Sounds like hell. Living hell. Literally. Karma takes grace and truth out of the picture. Karma leaves no room for error. You screwed up. Now you pay the price!!!!
We will face consequences for our actions and that is something we cannot avoid; however, Grace gives us what we probably don't deserve: second chances and more second chances. Now I can hear some people. What about the Bernie Madoff's of the world who rip people off or those that murder and steal? They are given second chances too with Jesus. What we have failed to grip as middle class Americans is that we have this entitlement mentality on who earns favor with Jesus. We are not Jesus.
Take this into consideration: Grace means second chances. Grace means many chances. But we are humans. If we keep doing the same thing over and over; we will have difficulty with others. This is where transformation is vital. That guy in prison who murdered a bunch of people. He may find Jesus in prison or he may use Jesus as a crutch to get an early release date. People figure stuff out over time. Grace allows us to truly repent and turn away from our stubborn ways.
Authentic transformation happens when we fully open our hearts and minds to be changed. Outside change can be temporary but true change must come from inside of us. Grace provides us with opportunities to change. Karma grants no second chances for transformation. Grace says it is for God to judge you. Karma lives the verdict up to anyone whom has an opinion.
Life will not be fair. But if life was fair--everyone would get everything else that others own. If you bought a new house. Then everyone would get a new house. If you worked hard and received a salary increase at work. Then slackers would get raises too. And the college graduate would get the same degree as the guy who quit attending class during freshmen year. Because that's fair. Do you like that?
Since life is not fair. We need to focus on what is right. Doing what is right will not always make you popular. It fact---you could lose friends. Your family could get mad at you. You might rock the boat.
Some people will overcompensate what I posted here. Example: parents whose children are adults. Some of these parents will say "but I must always bail my kids out, I am mommy and daddy. It is the RIGHT thing to do". Wrong. Your kids need to grow up and you need to cut the apron strings. That is the RIGHT thing.
The RIGHT thing is not the easy thing.
The RIGHT thing will set others free....including you.
Focus on what is RIGHT....not what is always FAIR.