My friend, may I ask you a question? Do you or I deserve anything from God in the way of blessings? How about our fair share of what is good and sought after in this life? Does anyone really have a right to their portion of anything in this life?
Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
“I don’t deserve this? Why do I have to put up with so much frustration and grief when others walk around enjoying life, going on trips to Hawaii and buying a new car whenever they want?” Perhaps you’ve never said this out loud; but there probably isn’t a person among us who at least hasn’t thought it. I happened to turn on the television recently while I was preparing a snack for myself. There was a commercial on for a hair-coloring product and a well-known actress was talking about her hair that had once been mostly gray. But now she was a blond, just the way she looked decades before. She laughed and ran her fingers through her hair. She looked straight into the camera, smiled broadly and with a wink she said, “Come on. Do it. I did. Besides--don’t you think that you deserve to look younger just like me?”
Did she deserve it? Was it her fair share of what is good and sought after in this life? Does anyone really have a right to their portion of anything in this life?
Here’s a story: A socialist once came to see Andrew Carnegie, the great industrialist, and soon was complaining against the injustice of Carnegie having so much money. In his view, wealth was meant to be divided equally. Carnegie asked his secretary for an assessment of everything he owned and at the same time looked up the figures on world population. He did a little arithmetic on a pad and then said to his secretary. “Give this gentleman l6¢. That’s his share.” (Unknown.)
Our fair share. As I watched the camera fade to the next commercial I fancied what that might mean to me, a balding, gray 55 year-old. Didn’t I deserve a full head of hair and my original blond color as well? I guess when you come down to it, we’re just plain lucky that God isn’t that fair. If he were to apportion his grace in “fair” shares to us all, giving each of us what we really deserve, we’d be lucky to get 16¢ worth; and, for that matter, any hair at all. God is good to us not because we are good, but because he is good. It’s his forgiving nature and unbounded love that keeps us from getting what we really deserve, eternal punishment for our sins. Fair share? Thank God that we aren’t on the receiving end of what would be eternally fair had it not been for Christ who didn’t get a fair shake so that you and I could.
We pray. Dear Lord, so often we are possessed with the feeling that we just haven’t been treated fairly in life. Others have this or get that thing, and we are overlooked. Most people don’t suffer like this at all, and we are, it seems, always suffering. Don’t we have the right to share in your bounty and blessings equally to all the brothers and sisters in Christ? O God we know that these feelings are wrong, that you are always just to every man and every woman with the blessings and lack thereof that you offer. Forgive us Lord when we questions the lot you have given us in life. Truly, we deserve so much less no matter the paucity of what we feel we have. In Jesus Name. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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