Friday, March 29, 2013

if life were fair

Addiction intervention specialist Kristina Wandzilak once sat across from the mother of a heroin addict and calmly stated, "If life were fair, your daughter would be dead."

Ouch. That hurts.

But when considering the extent of abuse this girl was putting her body through, it truly is a medical marvel that she was even still alive.

Somehow, someway, an exception was made that she could survive such extreme circumstances that leave most addicts dead. There is no explanation to why or how her organs haven't shut down despite being injected with poison a dozen times a day, year after year.

Sometimes life is fair, and other times, its not. And although that may be disheartening, its often to our advantage. The truest harm of unfairness is unleashed when we try to make sense of it. The idea of what is fair and just stretches beyond our ability to comprehend. Toiling over such matters will only result in anguish.

Life. Is. Unfair.

The only console I have to offer is that our sole purpose of existence is for the glorification of God. "And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Col 3:17.

Every circumstance, fair or not, presents itself as a blank canvas. The brush is in your hand. Will you paint your own despair? Or a picture His grace?

And consider, just for a moment, if life were fair... Would you be better off? Or worse?

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